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  • Before outlining the findings of the Pathways project I thought it might help to give you a quick and dirty introduction to what we mean by community or parish planning.
  • Roger Roberts

    1. 1. Pathways of Influence Roger Roberts Voluntary Action Cumbria / North West Rural Community Councils
    2. 2. Community plans are … <ul><li>Elective (voluntary) </li></ul><ul><li>Involves all parts of the community </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence-based </li></ul><ul><li>Action focused </li></ul>
    3. 3. In the North West … <ul><li>Local services </li></ul><ul><li>Young people </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable housing </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic, parking & transport </li></ul>Common Issues 17 50 Lancashire 32 97 Cumbria 25 34 Cheshire In progress Completed
    4. 4. Findings … <ul><li>Community led planning is critical to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community empowerment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duty to involve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘Place shaping’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supports local councillors with evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informs LDF development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LAA – e.g. NI 4 – people believing that they can influence the decisions that affect them </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. The Calls to Action <ul><li>Capacity and cohesion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognise contribution to LAA outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Failure to influence results in frustration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support action plan implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use local evidence to inform strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Councils/Agencies challenged in responding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communities / partners must make plans robust and relevant </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Calls 2 <ul><li>Quality, credibility and sound evidence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adhere to guidance on quality processes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Independent facilitation helps quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustain effective support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate better outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Early engagement engenders support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to officers and members at the start </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Calls 3 <ul><li>Councillors are key </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members / officers informed and responsive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Formal processes help make best use of plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop partnership and protocols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Require demonstrable use of evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed in Comprehensive Area Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leaders are crucial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment from the top counts </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Calls 4 <ul><li>Size matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Base community planning on strategically relevant localities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work with the system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Align community led planning with local engagement structures & LSP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed CLP outcomes and actions in terms of reference and regular business </li></ul></ul>

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