Community Led Planning
Community Led Planning has a number of important characteristics:
Some of the actions in Community Plans will need to be delivered in partnership with other organisations and we recommend building a relationship with your Local Authorities from the start of the process to make this easier. What you can expect from Local Authorities in your area:
We also have a range of resources available to support communities through the process:
Guidance Sheets - A series of guidance sheets including an introduction to Community Led Planning, Consulting your Community, Writing your Action Plan, and Delivering your Community Led Plan. You may also find our more generic guidance sheets useful, covering topics such as Engaging with Young People, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
Questionnaire Design Guide - Being able to put together a survey which is easy to understand, and will give you the information you need, is a useful skill for any community group, particularly those doing Community Led Plans. This guide provides an introduction to writing questionnaires, the types of questions to avoid, how to ensure your survey is accessible to all, and how to analyse the results.
Case Studies - A range of written case studies from Dentdale, Bootle, and Melbreak Communities, plus video interview with representatives from Dentdale explaining why they decided to do a Plan, how they went about it, and what they have achieved.
Sustainable Communities Workbook - A discussion tool to help assess your community's sustainability and plan for the future using the eight key elements for a sustainable community identified in the 'Egan Wheel'.
Community Led Plans - Completed plans from across Cumbria. You can also search for plans by district using the links to the right of the page.
Contact us if you are interested in producing a Community Led Plan.
Community Led Planning groups can apply to ACT for a grant to support community consultation activity and production of the Plan. Contact us at ACT for more information and an application form. Amounts available vary between districts:
South Lakeland: Thanks to funding from South Lakeland District Council, groups can apply for up to £1,500
Eden: Thanks to funding from Eden District Council, groups can apply for up to £500
Other areas: ACT still has limited funding for grants of up to £500
Community Led Planning can cover anything which the community thinks is important. However in areas where local people have a specific interest in spatial planning, for example, where buildings should go and what they look like, or where open spaces should be protected, they could consider Neighbourhood Planning. Both process involve widespread community consultation and a Community Led Plan can form a good foundation for Neighbourhood Planning. The key differences are identified below:
Community Led Planning:
Neighbourhood Planning - A Summary gives a simple overview of the process of doing a plan, and the support available to parishes, written by Eden District Council and ACT.
Community Led Planning and Neighbourhood Planning is a simple guidance sheet explaining the differences between the two processes and how they can work together.
This initial consultation and project planning will be a good base from which the group can apply for additional national grant funding to fund the further work and professional advice likely to be required to complete plans. For more information read the guidance notes and application form.
Some communities are choosing to think about how they would manage in an emergency by preparing a Community Emergency Plan. Although extreme weather conditions, such as flooding and heavy snow, are the most common emergencies which we face, there are a range of other emergencies that could occur within a community such as gas leaks, fires, and major traffic incidents. A plan helps people prepare for an emergency, organise neighbourly help during the incident, make appropriate links to emergency services and local authorities, and assists with recovery after the event.
For more information and guidance visit the Community Emergency Planning web page.
This grant fund is managed by ACT and is funded by Eden District Council.
ACT has worked with the Lake District National Park Partnership to pilot an approach to Valley plans. These are plans that focus on a whole valley, water catchment area. The partners in the plan are the communities and the major agencies that affect the environment and services delivered there. Much like Community Led Planning, the community takes a lead in identifying its own priorities, while also being informed of the priorities of the partner agencies.
ACT piloted this approach in Borrowdale, Wasdale and Ullswater, working closely with the Lake District National Park who are continuing to develop this approach in Ullswater and have plans to work with other communities across the Park in the future.
Village hall volunteers joined ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) on Saturday to congratulate Thursby Parish Hall on becoming the first hall in Cumbria to receive a Hallmark Two award for good management, health, safety, security and licenses.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is 70 in October and has used the publication of its Annual Review of 2017-2018 as an opportunity to celebrate the success of its approach of working with communities to make change happen across rural Cumbria.
ACTion with communities in Cumbria has been working with participants from seven village halls to design a Managing Risks Toolkit for the 300 plus halls across Cumbria.
The project aims to assist village halls to deal with the challenges of extreme weather events and other risks such as loss of income, issues within committees and other situations. It is funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund and was awarded after Storm Desmond when a number of halls in Carlisle, South Lakeland and Allerdale were flooded.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is supporting community resilience and emergency planning activities across Cumbria, as part of a 3 year BIG Lottery funded programme. This includes helping people to get together to share their experiences, think about future risks and what they might do to be better prepared.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is 70 in October and using this milestone as an opportunity to celebrate the organisation’s past and also look to the future.
ACT’s Chief Executive Lorrainne Smyth says “We’ve changed our name several times in those 70 years, settling on ACTion with Communities in Cumbria back in 2008, but it is striking how little our aims, priorities and ways of working have changed since the beginning. We still rely on a core group of committed people as our staff and our Trustees and it’s still about making a difference by championing rural issues and working with communities.”
Village Halls around the country have been celebrating the first national Village Halls Week between 22nd and 26th January. Here at ACT we’d like to say a huge thank you for all the work you do in your communities and to share a few of the highlights in Cumbria and around the country.
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