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West of England Rural Network          www.wern.org.uk         Localism       The impact and opportunities  for the First ...
West of England Rural Network• Broadband• Affordable housing• Access to Services and Community Transport• Fuel Poverty and...
Localism in a Nutshell• Community rights  – Community right to challenge  – Community right to bid• Neighbourhood planning...
Localism in Context
Localism in Context
Community RightsRight to bid• identify community assets  – village shop  – local pub  – community centre  – land• List mai...
Community RightsRight to challenge• Delivery of services – valued  or improved• Expression of interest• North Somerset con...
Bristol City Region
Neighbourhood Planning• Right to Plan• Right to Build
National Planning Policy Framework   •Rural affordable housing   •Town centre first   •Viability test and infrastructure  ...
Sustainable Communities         This country’s rural communities cannot         stand still. Change is inevitable whether ...
General power of competence1. More than 2/3 of Councillors   must be elected2. The Clerk holds a prescribed   qualificatio...
Funding  1. Funding for businesses through LEP  2. DEFRA Rural Growth Programme  3. Section 106 funding  4. Community Infr...
Community Land Trusts
What you have & what you need   •   Ambition     •   Resources   •   Vision       •   Training   •   Potential    •   Fina...
Other support
West of England Rural Network                  www.wern.org.uk                       Chris Head                           ...
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Blagdon Parish Council AGM 2012

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Presentation given to the Blagdon Parish Council AGM in North Somerset on 20th March 2012

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  • - Working in South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset & Bristol- Assisting communities, businesses, social enterprises, civil society organisations and individuals- Working with local authorities, other statutory services and the new West of England Local Enterprise Partnership - Linking with Central Government departments (DEFRA, OCS, DECC and DCLG)- Affiliated to ACRE (Action with Rural Communities in Rural England) and the South West ACRE Network (SWAN)
  • The Localism Act takes power from central government and hands it back to local authorities and communities - giving them the freedom and flexibility to achieve their own ambitions. Different parts of the Act will come into effect at different times.
  • This Bill will shift power from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. 207 clauses, 24 schedules and over 400 pages
  • This Bill will shift power from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. 207 clauses, 24 schedules and over 400 pages
  • They can then nominate them for inclusion on a list of assets maintained by the local authority. If an asset on the list comes up for sale, communities will be able to trigger a pause for up to six months, in order to raise capital and bid to purchase the asset before it goes on the open market.
  • The Localism Act enables Ministers to transfer public functions to local authorities in order to improve local accountability or promote economic growth. Our major cities need new powers to thrive. The Localism Act empowers major cities and other local authorities to:develop their areasimprove local servicesincrease their competitiveness
  • NPPF is still in post consolation phase and not clear about what will be dropped/added/clarrifiedOur main concerns from a rural point of view are;Rural affordable housing – still with market viability and definitions weaken from previousTown centre first – good supporting market towns would also like stronger brownfieldViability test and infrastructure – test is week and developers could get out of providing infrastructureRelationship with Neighbourhood Plan – still not clear in NPPF needs to be stated strongerSustainable development – the big one – defining SD
  • Replaces Power of WellbeingDraft legislation at present;At the time a resolution under paragraph 1 is passed the number of members of the council that have been declared to be elected, whether at ordinary elections or at a by-election, is equal to or greater than two-thirds of the total number of members of the council;the clerk to the parish council holds—(i)the Certificate in Local Council Administration;(ii)the Certificate of Higher Education in Local Policy;(iii)the Certificate of Higher Education in Local Council Administration; or(iv)the first level of the foundation degree in Community Engagement and Governance awarded by the University of Gloucestershire or its successor qualifications; and “relevant training” means training in the exercise of the general power; and provided in accordance with the national training strategy for parish councils adopted by the National Association of Local Councils, as revised from time to time.
  • Reforming community infrastructure levyThe CIL is to contribute towards the provision of infrastructure required to support growth All eligible development will be required to pay CIL will not be a matter that can be appealed through the planning system CIL will not be related to the development from which it cameCIL will not have a time limit on its spending. It must be spent on infrastructure and Local Authorities will be under a duty to report how much has been received, how much has been spent and on what, and how much is held.
  • Use of CLT for Parishes to act as developers and deliver Neighbourhood plan outcomes
  • Transcript of "Blagdon Parish Council AGM 2012"

    1. 1. West of England Rural Network www.wern.org.uk Localism The impact and opportunities for the First Tier of Local Government BLAGDON PARISH COUNCIL 20th March 2012
    2. 2. West of England Rural Network• Broadband• Affordable housing• Access to Services and Community Transport• Fuel Poverty and Energy Generation• Social Enterprise Support and Funding Advice• Community Planning• Community Buildings and Assets• Village Agents
    3. 3. Localism in a Nutshell• Community rights – Community right to challenge – Community right to bid• Neighbourhood planning – Community right to build• Housing• Empowering cities and other local areas• General power of competence – Abolition of the standards board
    4. 4. Localism in Context
    5. 5. Localism in Context
    6. 6. Community RightsRight to bid• identify community assets – village shop – local pub – community centre – land• List maintained by North Somerset• 6 month window to bid
    7. 7. Community RightsRight to challenge• Delivery of services – valued or improved• Expression of interest• North Somerset consider• Proposal goes out to tender...................
    8. 8. Bristol City Region
    9. 9. Neighbourhood Planning• Right to Plan• Right to Build
    10. 10. National Planning Policy Framework •Rural affordable housing •Town centre first •Viability test and infrastructure •Relationship with Neighbourhood Plan
    11. 11. Sustainable Communities This country’s rural communities cannot stand still. Change is inevitable whether development takes place or not, and the choices we make today will shape tomorrow’s character of the market towns, villages and hamlets that make up our countryside. Matthew Taylor 2008
    12. 12. General power of competence1. More than 2/3 of Councillors must be elected2. The Clerk holds a prescribed qualification3. The Clerk has completed relevant training4. The Parish Council resolves at its AGM to be competent
    13. 13. Funding 1. Funding for businesses through LEP 2. DEFRA Rural Growth Programme 3. Section 106 funding 4. Community Infrastructure Levy 5. New Homes Bonus
    14. 14. Community Land Trusts
    15. 15. What you have & what you need • Ambition • Resources • Vision • Training • Potential • Financial • Aspiration • Capital • Ownership • Assets • Pride • Expertise • Time
    16. 16. Other support
    17. 17. West of England Rural Network www.wern.org.uk Chris Head Director  01275 333701  chris@wern.org.uk  The Mill, Tunbridge Road, Chew Magna, BS40 8SP RuralChris Registered Charity No 1146165. Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England Company No 7956732.
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