Take the Bathurst Park Survey and tell us your views. The survey takes 5 minutes and can be found here: Bathurst Park Survey
gfirst LEP 4th Annual Review is on 10th June 2015 at 8am to 9.30am at Gloucester Services (Southbound). For more information click www.gfirstlep.com
New funding is available to help you make a difference in your local community. Come along to the Roadshow and find out about three new funding opportunities to help tackle important local issues and reshape local services. Monday 16 March, 10.30am – 12.30pm Location: Armada House, Telephone Avenue, Bristol BS1 4BQ Book: http://locality.org.uk/events/place-roadshow-bristol/ Complete the online form to book your free place Locality & Community Development Foundation are happy to announce the launch of three new funding opportunities: Our Place: Is a fund to enable you to make lasting change in your neighbourhood First Steps: Offers funding to support grass roots community groups to take more control of their neighbourhood Neighbourhood Planning: to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area The session will end with a free networking lunch
Urban and Rural are words that are used frequently in today's world, almost without thinking. But what do they mean, what are the definitions of Urban and Rural? In 2004 the current working defination of Urban and Rural was defined in the "Defra Classification of Local Authority Districts and Unitary Authorities in England - A Technical Guide". Here a Rural area is defined as having a population of 9,000 or less. There are other factors which should be considered (see the DEFRA guide for full details) such as area topology and morphology. Also for areas which have a population of 10,000 to 30,000 consideration such be given to: "The need to identify the larger market towns (with a population of 10,000 to 30,000) because the new rural definition relates only to urban areas below 10,000 population, even though there are many places above this limit which serve a rural population. This is recognised, for example in the Rural White Paper 2000 where a population range of 2000 – 20,000 is used to delimit market towns. If the need for adding the populations of the larger rural (market) towns is accepted, it becomes necessary to identify those places which appear, on the basis of the available evidence, to act as employment and service foci for a wider rural hinterland." Identifying these larger market towns selects those places with a minimum number of ‘higher level’ services (i.e. relative to the size of town) and for which the numerical indications are that it serves a population significantly larger than the urban area itself. In order to be included in the rural population an urban area with between 10,000 and 30,000 had to have at least 3 shops, at least 1 bank [...]
January 23rd from 10am to 3pm at The Forestry Commission Office, Bank House, Bank Street Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8BA United Kingdom The Forestry Commission, Forest of Dean District Council, Dean Forest Railway and others are working on a project to link Lydney and Parkend to the rest of the cycle routes across the Dean. They have a route and are working on funding and gathering support for this exciting project. They would like to invite you to a drop in exhibition of the plans, route and where they have got thus far on the 23rd January 2015 at Bank House from 10am until 2pm. They would be more than happy to meet you on this day to showcase the route, answer questions and explore the exciting opportunities this may bring to the villages and towns, businesses and communities that the route will embrace. There is an opportunity for all to work together to support this project and join the river Severn with the river Wye. This project will also join the villages with each other and the Forestry Commission’s Family Cycle Trail providing safe links across the Dean and an opportunity for tourist exploration!
Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group meets most months and the meetings are open to the public. The meetings discuss the Neighbourhood Plan progress and hears updates from NDP working groups. The dates of the 2015 Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group Meetings have been finalised and are: Tuesday 13th January Tuesday 10th February Tuesday 17th March Wednesday 8th April Wednesday 27th May Wednesday 10th June Wednesday 8th July Tuesday 8th September Tuesday 13th October Tuesday 10th November Wednesday 9th December All meetings are held in the Lydney Town Council Chambers, Claremont House, High Street, Lydney, and are at 7:30 pm unless otherwise notified.
Some Background.... Section 106 Planning obligations under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), commonly known as s106 agreements, are a mechanism which make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable. They are focused on site specific mitigation of the impact of development. S106 agreements are often referred to as 'developer contributions'. So when new developments happen, the developers are usually asked to pay a contribution towards the funding of associated infrastructure and this was through 'Section 106' agreements negotiated between local authorities and developer. The Planning Act 2008 introduced a new way of doing this - the Community Infrastructure Levy, or CIL. The Community Infrastructure Levy (the levy) came into force in April 2010. It allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area. The money can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development. This includes new or safer road schemes, flood defenses, schools, hospitals and other health and social care facilities, park improvements, green spaces and leisure centres. The difference between section 106 and CIL Section 106 agreements are put in place to make it possible to approve a planning proposal that might not otherwise be acceptable in planning terms. For example, a section 106 agreement might require a developer to fund improving the access road to a site, to ensure that access will be safe once the development is completed. Or to ensure that the need for affordable housing is met, and that communities are mixed and diverse, section 106 agreements can require a developer to include a certain proportion of [...]
THE government has unveiled an extra £23m to help more communities to get involved in neighbourhood planning. Around 1,200 communities across England have already begun the process of neighbourhood planning, with 33 plans and one order having been approved in local referendums. So far, the government has helped more than 700 local groups develop their plans, with more than 1,000 communities involved in neighbourhood planning. The funding will providing community groups with a further £1 million for grants during this financial year, in addition to £4.25m already awarded since 2013. Grants of up to £7,000 can be applied for on mycommunityrights.org.uk. At the same time, £22.5m is being made available from 2015-2018 to provide community groups with expert advice, grant funding and technical assistance about neighbourhood plans. Some £100,000 has been allocated to enable groups to organise workshops on neighbourhood planning in their local area. Local planning authorities can also take advantage of a £12m funding pot to help them meet the cost of their responsibilities and to support local communities. Planning authorities can claim up to £100,000 a year each to help communities start a neighbourhood plan, with an extra £25,000 for each plan or order that passes an examination. See more at: Rural Services Network website
As part of a wider initiative to improve the environment, plans are underway to create a sign posted network of routes linking the key parts of Lydney suitable for both cyclists and walkers. Lydney, as “The Gateway to the Forest”, needs safe, attractive routes to encourage cycling and walking by schoolchildren, commuters, utility cycling and tourism. The Lydney Cycle and Walking Path Network will create a pleasant, safe and accessible network of pathways around Lydney linking together the train station, Dean Academy, town centre and leisure areas such as the harbour. The network would also serve as the start of a potential plan aimed at linking the northern point of the town to the rest of the Forest, Parkend, Whitecroft and eventually to the River Wye. Not only will this network improve access within Lydney for locals but it is hoped that the network could contribute to growing tourism within the area. The Lydney Cycle and Walking Path Network is one of the newly emerging policies developed as part of the Lydney Neighbourhood Plan (NDP) which is currently being reviewed by the Forest of Dean District Council and which we feel confident will result in a successful referendum and adoption by Spring 2015.
'Up Front: the neighbourhood planning news', reports in the September 2014 newsletter: "Following the successful referendum earlier this month on the neighbourhood plan for Billesdon in Harborough (Leicestershire), where a 55% turnout produced an 84% yes vote, we have now reached 30 successful neighbourhood planning referendums (including one neighbourhood development order). The number of communities that have formally embarked on neighbourhood planning by submitting an application for designation is now close to 1200. Nearly 130 communities have published their plan for consultation and close to 80 have been submitted for publicity and independent examination." For access to all the Planning Newsletters CLICK HERE