Skip to main content

The grammar of change: Big Local neighbourhoods in action

By David Boyle

September 2017

"The fear of regret sometimes paralyses people from doing anything at all, because to have done nothing means you have to regret nothing. We need to give people the opportunity to get things wrong - and to do something." Stephen, Arches Big Local area, Kent.

In this lively account of visits to Big Local areas in Kent, Blackpool, Leicester and Doncaster, author David Boyle examines the powerful stories of the residents involved and challenges established ideas about what it takes to create local change.

This essay is the first of a series exploring how people and places are changing through Big Local. Each essay considers the lessons of Big Local for institutions and policymakers interested in radical devolution of power and responsibility to a community level.

About the author

David Boyle is the author of a range of books about history, social change, politics and the future. He has been editors of a number of publications including Town & Country Planning, Community Network, New Economics, Liberal Democrat News and Radical Economics. He is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation.

Get the essay

For a free printed copy of The Grammar of Change: Big Local neighbourhoods in action, contact info@localtrust.org.uk or use the buttons below to download a PDF or an online version.

Online version
PDF (35 pages)

We’ve moved! Please update your records

The Local Trust office is now at CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR.

Our phone number has not changed, it remains 020 3588 0565.

There are changes to the direct dial telephone numbers of some staff members.

Got it

We’re making changes to the website. Your feedback will help us improve the site. Your feedback: