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Living Villages 1 - Developing Local Assets

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A presentation from Peter Cleasby from the Plunkett Foundation about using the Localism Bill to develop and protect local assets

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Living Villages 1 - Developing Local Assets

  1. 1. Developing Local Assets Peter Cleasby Chair, Plunkett Foundation Living Villages, Hereford, 24 June 2011
  2. 2. PROBLEM? Loss of rural services: <ul><li>Privately owned £££ </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector owned £££ </li></ul><ul><li>Community owned </li></ul><ul><li>£££ + ACTION </li></ul>
  3. 3. CHOICES Loss of rural services: <ul><li>Do nothing </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Take control </li></ul>
  4. 4. Helping rural communities through community ownership to take control of the issues affecting them
  5. 5. NEEDS <ul><li>Belief </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Assets </li></ul>
  6. 6. BE INSPIRED <ul><li>There are over 250 community shops in Britain. </li></ul><ul><li>10% of all village shop closures are saved through community ownership </li></ul><ul><li>They continue to open. </li></ul>
  7. 10. BE INSPIRED <ul><li>And it’s not just shops … </li></ul><ul><li>Energy schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Farms </li></ul><ul><li>Pubs </li></ul><ul><li>… . and more </li></ul>
  8. 12. PUBS? <ul><li>There are 5 community-owned pubs in Britain. </li></ul><ul><li>4 are in rural areas. </li></ul>
  9. 14. PUBS! <ul><li>1 pub closes for good every 8 hours </li></ul><ul><li>1300 pubs closed in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>There are 5 community-owned pubs in Britain. </li></ul><ul><li>WHY SO FEW? </li></ul>
  10. 15. ENABLERS <ul><li>The False Start (2010) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>82 communities asked for help to save their pub </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Localism Bill (2011) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Right to Buy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support programme (?) </li></ul>
  11. 16. GET READY <ul><li>Build community support for pub </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate need for pub in neighbourhood plan </li></ul><ul><li>Persuade council to register pub as “asset of community value” </li></ul><ul><li>Carry on drinking </li></ul>
  12. 17. TAKE ACTION <ul><li>Council notification </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilise support </li></ul><ul><li>Develop business plan </li></ul><ul><li>Secure funding commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Submit bid </li></ul><ul><li>Persuade owner to sell </li></ul>
  13. 18. TRICKY BITS <ul><li>No right of appeal against non-inclusion on register </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow window for submitting bid </li></ul><ul><li>No business support scheme </li></ul>
  14. 19. SUPPORT <ul><li>You won’t be alone …. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience of existing 5 pubs </li></ul><ul><li>Plunkett Foundation advice </li></ul><ul><li>… .. and for the future? </li></ul><ul><li>Financial support package? </li></ul><ul><li>Community pubs network </li></ul>
  15. 20. REMEMBER <ul><li>It’s a business </li></ul><ul><li>It’ll be hard work </li></ul><ul><li>You can do it </li></ul>
  16. 22. GET IN TOUCH <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>01993 810730 </li></ul><ul><li>www.plunkett.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook – Plunkett Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>@PlunkettFoundat </li></ul><ul><li>@Mike_Plunkett </li></ul>

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