Parla is a dormitory city in the region of Madrid in Spain; it has a population growth of 100,000. For a long time Parla lacked an economic, services, and public works infrastructure to cater for the needs of the residents. Real urban planning had not existed in Parla and the last Urban General Plan that regulated land use was written in 1997. It was then decided that, citizens had to be major actors in development solutions. Thus the Citizen’s Forum was created as a part of the new strategic planning, which included new participation structures, like Neighbourhood Councils, the Childhood Forum, and the Council for Disabled People, the Social and Economical Council.
The objective of the Citizen’s Forum had been to carry out in a participative way the revision of the General Urban Planning Plan of 1997 (GUPP). The objective was to integrate all social sectors that make up the society of Parla (companies, labour unions, political parties, associations, training and cultural centres.) The other main objective was the involvement of Parla residents in decision making. Work was carried out from a generational and gender perspective, in order to visualise the different uses of and needs for urban space by the different groups.
It was due to the participation of all the actors that the process of transforming the dormitory city into a real city with all the lacking facilities available, was achieved.
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