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Community and the Environment Policy Guide

October 4, 2014 2:54 PM

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Community and the Environment
Transition, Wildlife Trusts, Nature Reserves,
Awareness Raising

Frack Off (GreenLibDems.org.uk)

Community and the environment looks at how the community interacts and takes stewardship of the environment. Four main themes of this are: Transition, wildlife trusts, nature reserves, awareness raising

LibDem Policy Papers:

PP2­ Reclaiming the City, Quality of Life in Urban Areas (pub 1994)

5.2.4 Conservation, both of the built and the natural environment, is a crucial element of planning

policy. Local authorities should be given greater powers to designate and to offer proper protection to

sites, with effective enforcement powers.

PP45 ­ Local Economies, Local Choice (pub 2001)

5.0.2 Liberal Democrats believe sustainability must be inextricably linked with all policy, especially

economic policy and above all local economic policy.

PP69 ­ Affordable homes in Safer, Greener, communities (pub 2004)

4.2. looks at improving access to Open Spaces through minimum standards in planning

developments and the rights of communities to reclaim under used land. Policy would allow rights of

public access on private open space created and the rights to have the communities on management

committees of these open spaces.

4.3.2 makes the statement that "Liberal Democrats believe sustainable communities will only be

achieved when local people are empowered, through their councils, tenant associations and local

community groups."

5.4.6 Makes a priority to identify land for new Community :Land trusts (CLTs), issues and issue guidance for councils and private foundations on how they can provide land for the trusts and encourages councils to undertake an audit and publish a register.

5.4.3 introduces the concept of community land auctions to enable community to acquire land

PP73 ­ Your community , your choice ­ local government policy paper (pub 2006)

Although this is a local government structural paper it does give to major principles that link to the above;

Reaffirming decisions to the lowest level and citizens should be given incentives to re­engage with their communities

PP77 Green and prosperous communities (pub 2007)

This paper looks at Social cohesion and regeneration as a them. Whilst not specifically talking environmental issues the paper looks at encouraging volunteering that could be for environmental projects.

PP93 ­ Our Natural Environment (pub 2009)

2.3.2 Introduces environmental labelling, the impact

4.1.1 involves local communities in creating new community woodland and green areas.

4.1.2 Encourages the development of 'greenways'

4.2.1 introduces a special designation comparable to SSSI to allow the protection of allotments and other green spaces of particular value to the health and wellbeing of local people.

4.2.5 Local authorities will be given the responsibility for working together to agree Landscape Policies to protect and enhance natural geographical areas such as river basins, moors, woodland areas, flood plains or islands.

PP102 ­ Quality of Life (pub 2011)

5.6.3 We will make the promotion of quality of life the central goal of the planning framework.

Challenge Magazines:

2008 Spring

p8 Towards Greener Living

2009 Spring

p9 Small is Still Beautiful

10 Spring

p9 Saving Our Seas

p15 Sustainable Tourism

2010 Spring

p23 The Path To Transition

2010 Summer

p15 People Power

2010 Autumn

p21 Localism and Climate Change in Eastleigh

2011 Spring

p6 Micro Hydro­power in Rural Africa

2011 Autumn

p22 Making Planning Work Differently

2012 Summer

p19 A Sustainable Future for Fish

2012 Autumn

p18 Reserve Judgement

2013 Spring

p6 Farming, Floods and Forests

2013 Winter

p5 Negating NIMBYism

p22 Community Energy

2014 Summer

p10 Global Sanctuary

Resources:


(from 2014 Policy paper PDF here)