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Community Empowerment Participation Requests

New rights have come into effect in Scotland (from April 1, 2017) which will enable communities to identify local needs and issues and request action to be taken on them by public sector authorities and Health Boards. 

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Guidance for Registered Social Landlords

This guidance is aimed at Registered Social Landlords such as housing associations which may want to get involved in community gardening or design community gardens or allotments into their plans. It is intended as a primer to help RSLs understand the needs and benefits of community growing and draws on examples of current housing-led community growing projects and explains how each has been developed.

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Case Study: Cae Tan

Cae Tân, a community supported agriculture CSA project, is located on a beautiful rural site in Ilston on the Gower peninsula, Wales. The location is next to a couple of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project is in the early stages, but their experiences around planning and leasing will be useful to others setting up CSAs.

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Planning: Planning Policy & Community Growing

Sustain have produced a special guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing.

The guide brings together examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. It is aimed primarily at planning authorities to help them to use food growing as a way of creating healthy communities. 

This is a specific recommendation within the Planning Practice Guidance that goes with the National Planning Policy Framework for England, but a principle that is relevant across the UK.

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Case Study: S106 Agreements

One Brighton is an eco-development of 172 residential flats, plus office space, in Brighton. As part of a S106 Agreement, 28 small raised bed allotments have been created on a balcony on the sixth floor. The development is run by a Community Interest Company.

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Finding Land: Site Features Checklist

Before you can decide whether a site or land agreement is suitable for your group, you need to plan what you will use the land for, both now and in the future. This checklist will help you prepare for your land search and for the agreement with the land owner. Tell the landowner what you expect to build and what you think your requirements will be. Make sure essential items are permitted in the lease.

Site Features Checklist

 

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Useful Link: Ethical Property Foundation

Ethical Property Foundation

02070 650 760

www.ethicalproperty.org.uk

The Ethical Property Foundation advises charities and community groups on property issues. Its Property Advice Service offers independent, ethical advice and training, and has helped almost 600 organisations to rent, buy, let or manage property since 2005.

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Planning Aid Scotland

Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) is an independent and impartial organisation, working to help people shape their communities and improve the way people engage with the planning system. They offer advice and training around planning issues, including information leaflets on planning matters and a planning helpline.

Planning Aid for Scotland Website

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