TTB and the Sustainble Communities Act 2007

Three proposals – all nominate by Lambeth – were agreed at the cabinet meeting in July. They are about

Local Authorities having discretion to reduce business rates for those that promote sustainability.
Combatting ‘Land Banking’ by giving Local Authorities the power to require long term empty properties to be sold at current market rates.
Helping keep the high street occupied by allowing the Council to require long term empty commercial property to be let at a low rent to social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations.
None of TTB’s submissions (see below) were accepted. Informal feedback said that they did not require sufficient or specific changes in national legislation – as if that were the prime consideration for achieving a ‘sustainable community’. We are told that “those that did not fulfil the Sustainable Communities Act criteria will be considered where appropriate within the council’s annual business planning processes.”

We have asked for feedback from Thomas Man the lead officer. We will re-engage with the process for the 2010 applications.

Information and Resources on the SCA.
The First point of call for information on The SCA is the Local Works website. There are lots of briefings there on the environment, local shops, fuel efficency etc with ideas of how to use the Act.

The Act Especially look at Section 2: Schedule Matters to Which Local Authorities Must Have Regard

Guide to the Act

Local Work’s 2 Page Guide to the Act

TT Forest of Dean’s useful introduction to the Act

Invitation for Lambeth Communities to Participate includes examples of proposals by Leicester TT and FOE, also found  here.

Transition Town SCA Ideas

A list of links to other TT ideas and proposals

TTBrixton Sustainable Communities Act ideas mindmap 4/6/09 (jpg)

Our Proposals for 2009

Localising Business

The actual  SCA proposal as submitted.

Real Local Businesses

As oil runs out localisation will become inevitable as we mover people and stuff around less. At current levels of population Lambeth will never be able to be self sufficient in most of its needs. It must try to produce as much as possible to reduce the amount we have to

To enable the development of real local businesses focussed on supplying real local need from local resources. To enable local businesses to use local people. To enable businesses that make good use of local resource that are plentiful eg people, waste,

Here are some proposals to enable localisation.

Local sourcing

People: a local person who is not perhaps as ideal as someone from further away should be preferred and given training to upskill them to the required level. There needs to be provision for this in the funding and specification for the job. Legislation may be necessary and a points system based on the length and carbon emissions of their intended commute.

Materials:

Future appropriate business advice: All businesses should be entitled to a full MOT to assess how future proof their business model is and to help them to adapt if necessary.

Space: The Brixton Usefulness Centre where unemployed people are brought together with unemployed stuff and given relevant skills and business training to help them create new usefulness for the 21st century. In this way several problems are solved at once.

The Brixton Stuff Repository is the space where the waste is stored until new usefulness is divised for it. It is basically free raw material for the cost of storage. There would be employment in separating, sorting, catalogueing and storing the materials.

Adjacent the Re-use Centre provides the workshops and training space. There should be Incubation Units for fledgling Social Enterprises to rent at reduced rates until they find their feet and can move out to more permanent premises.

There should be a Space Brokerage to help divise new uses for space. As cars become fewer and more shared, garage space under and adjacent to social housing will become available to be converted into social enterprise space (including storage) Specialist zones might be encouraged to be developed, eg metal workers, transport, fabric and clothing, paper, food and composting. In the long run there may even be empty houses that need a use devised for them to avoid them becoming derelict.

Somerleyton Road would be ideal for this use or the Halfords and Curries premises. If the site were suitable it could include anaerobic digestion to generate some of the power There would have to be reasonable vehicle access with charging points.

Localising Food

Proposals on Local Food Growing

We’d like to see new powers used to enable more land to be used locally for production of food and other resources (such as food co-ops), and for maintaining biodiversity. We think that for the sake of food security in a context of fossil fuel prices that are set to rise over the long term (through both the impacts of peak oil and a price being put on carbon to combat climate change) we need to actively avoid development on most local greenfield sites and remove barriers to urban food growing.

Proposals for driving this through the SCA:

Powers to designate gardens, allotments and other areas of fallow land as “greenfield” sites instead of brownfield to prevent the loss of potentially productive land and wildlife corridors to infill developments.
Powers to set housing provision-targets locally, so that considerations of the need to preserve productive land (which are not taken sufficiently into account in centrally-imposed house-building targets) can be taken into account in Brixton.
Powers to compel new build developments to provide food growing spaces for every person and adequately load baring balconies and roofs for growing on., along with rain water harvesting for watering.
Powers to designate common land or council land for local food production, such as allotments, or projects created to supply to local food markets (such as Community Supported Agriculture).
Powers to encourage markets for local food in local shops, markets, co-operatives or box-schemes; this could include a 15% business rate reduction for local shops stocking a proportion of locally produced goods.
Proposals on Food Waste

Central Government legislation is preventing many sustainable practices from being used on small-scale farms and community garden, such as feeding food scraps to animals or communally composting them. Removing barriers for small-scale mixed farmers would be a beneficial step, as this type of food production is likely to become increasingly important in coming years.

Proposals for driving this through the SCA:

Powers to set rules locally to permit local food waste collection and composting and feeding scraps to animals in certain circumstances.
Powers to actively facilitate these activities perhaps through appointing a Neighbourhood Waste Officer.

Wealth from Waste in Lambeth

A proposal from Remade in Brixton Download here: Wealth From Waste

Our Ideas for 2010

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