Localism and neighbourhood planning

New resources added to PlanLoCaL website

17 July 2013

As we reported last month, a suite of new resources has been added to CSE's popular community energy website, PlanLoCaL.

They are part of an updated section called Localism and neighbourhood planning and cover issues such as 'Getting to grips with the planning system', 'Making the case for low carbon development', 'Planning permissions' and 'Community Rights'.

The new materials are now complimented by a two-minute video which introduces this improved section of the website.

To see all the new materials, click through to the PlanLoCaL website or alternatively, you can download the full set as a booklet by clicking here.

The need for new materials to support communities with energy projects was triggered by the Localism Act of 2012 which introduced a raft of new community powers, including neighbourhood plans and Community Rights, which give people more say over their area’s future.

Our work with communities suggests that many are not yet aware of the powers they now have at their disposal, or understand the potential to use localism in 'planning for low carbon living'. But to find out more, we're conducting a survey. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and you can fill it in here.

"Other's views and experience will help us all in understanding whether these powers have helped, or could help, transform our future to a more sustainable and low carbon life for everyone", said CSE's Kieran Highman who wrote the resources

Over the last 18 months, CSE has supported a handful of communities from Long Ashton in North Somerset, to Coniston in Cumbria piloting neighbourhood planning. We've also led workshops for central government and national community support providers in the need and opportunities for embedding low carbon within the neighbourhood planning process.

None of this would have been possible without support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Further information on localism and neighbourhood planning
‘A plan English guide to the Localism Act'
‘Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide’

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