Key points arising from the discussion included:
- It is important for communities and local authorities to form a good working relationship.
- There was widespread agreement that both representative and participatory democracy were important.
- It is important to recognise the different challenges in rural and urban neighbourhoods.
- The benefits of community planning and better local governance should not just be felt by well-organised communities.
- Many different people should be involved, so that participation at neighbourhood level is genuinely broad-based.
- Strong leadership is needed to back up decisions taken.