- 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)
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
The provisions relating to councils include:referendums for elected mayors in certain authoritiesThe housing provisions will- abolish the requirement to have a Home Improvement Pack- reform the Housing Revenue Account system- provide for a new form of flexible tenure for social housing tenants- allow local authorities to discharge their duties to homeless people by using private rented accommodation- give local authorities the power to limit who can apply for social housing within their areas- abolish the Tenant Services Authority and provides for a transfer of functions to the Homes and Communities Agency- amend the way in which a social tenant can make a complaint about their landlord- improve the ability of social tenants to move to different areas.The planning and regeneration provisions will- abolish Regional Spatial Strategiesabolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission and return to a position where the Secretary of State takes the final decision on major infrastructure proposals of national importancegive new housing and regeneration powers to the Greater London Authority, while abolishing the London Development Agency.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) CIL will be a levy that Local Authorities with an up to date Development Plan (an Adopted Core Strategy in Bristol's case) can introduce. It will require developers to make a payment to the Council based on the size of their development in square metres. The Council can then use the proceeds of the levy to provide local and sub-regional infrastructure necessary to support growth. In the years following the introduction of a CIL , Section 106 and Bristol’s SPD 4 would be scaled back.It is proposed that CIL will apply to all development in excess of 100 square metres. CIL will also apply to development of less that 100 square metres that results in the provision of one or more dwellings. The amount of CIL payable will be determined at the point of granting planning permission. It will be based on the gross size of the development in square metres, which will be identified on the Planning Application form, and the CIL rate per square metre, which will be identified in the Charging Schedule. It will be index linked from the year that the CIL was introduced to the year that Planning Permission is granted.CIL must be spent on infrastructure, which in simple terms means something that requires construction of some sort. Obvious examples include schools, parks, roads, flood defences, park and ride sites, libraries, doctor’s surgeries, fire stations, railways etc. It is not clear whether CIL can be used for ongoing revenue support, for example funding supported bus services.CIL can be spent by the authority that collects it. The collecting Authority can also choose to pass CIL receipts to other infrastructure providers in order to contribute towards the provision of infrastructure that it could not provide itself. For example CIL could be forwarded to the Fire Authority if a new fire station was required, a neighbouring Local Authority if new infrastructure was required in their area that benefited the collecting Authority, or a Government body such as the Environment Agency if new flood defences were required.
Replaces Power of Wellbeing“the legal reassurance and confidence to innovate, and drive down costs to deliver more efficient services”Eligible parish councils – Quality Parish Councils?The Government means ‘community’ in the widest sense: residents, tenants and service users, community and faith groups, localbusinesses, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, parish councils and local partnerships like neighbourhood committeesand forums. Why should a parish council be interested?Parish councillors frequently complain about how difficult it is to get their community involved in the parish council’s business. Major planning proposals, wind farms, waste incinerators and such like are usually pretty effective in filling parish meetings with members of the public anxious to know how they might be affected, but otherwise, it is often said, no-one is interested.PB has been shown to be a great way to get people involved. It canEncourage people to bring forward ideas for their communityFoster a greater understanding of local community issuesGet people involved in their community and in voluntary activityMake sure that what gets done is what the community most wantsHelps the community understand how parish business affects themHelps people see how their council tax is being usedEncourage new people to stand for election as parish councillors
Localism & Parish Councils October 2011
West of England Rural Network www.wern.org.uk Localism The impact and opportunities for the First Tier of Local Government ALCA North Somerset Group 18th October 2011
West of England Rural Network• To support & encourage community-led action and strong local governance• To increase the long-term sustainability of local community life• To influence policies and services to achieve equity for rural communities
West of England Rural Network• Broadband• Affordable housing• Access to Services and Community Transport• Fuel Poverty and Energy Generation• Community Planning• Community Buildings and Assets• Village Agents• Social Enterprise Support and Funding Advice
Localism in a Nutshell• Abolition of the standards board• Community right to build• Community right to challenge• Community right to bid• Right to veto excessive Council Tax• Local Referendums• Reforming community infrastructure levy• Community right to plan• General power of competence
“Theres nothing milk andhoney about localism.Theres nothing easy about it –theres no guidance manual.That isnt really the point.Localism wont deliver homogenous,bland, uniform public services. This is about pushing poweroutwards, downwards as far as possible. And all thepossibilities that arise from local communities seizing powerthemselves. And taking on the responsibilities and theconsequences of getting things right and getting them wrong.”The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP - Localism and the public services revolution15 June 2011 http://www.communities.gov.uk/speeches/corporate/localism
Reforming community infrastructure levy• The 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 came• CIL 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.