Sarah Spanton has joined with Richard Sobey to carry out impactful socially engaged activities at the interface between artistic practice and formal urban planning. DELVE takes tried and tested processes from the creative sector to formal spatial analysis, neighbourhood planning and tactical urbanism methodologies, moving beyond community consultation to quantify assets, reveal attitudes, expose behaviours, express aspirations and uncover potential.

DELVE then identifies ideas, strategies, actions and undertakes programmes over the short and long term to formulate new approaches to city living.

This new partnership sees Richard and Sarah working together to make unusual connections to impact on the development of place, policy and prosperity.

DELVE’s new project is Harlow Habitats, which creatively engages local people in identifying the assets and possibilities of their home town, Harlow – one of the original post-war New Towns.

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