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In very general terms, the word ‘community’ refers to a group of people who live in same location, often sharing housing, amenities, services, infrastructure, and so on. They may have shared interests in how their local area is managed, developed, regenerated, conserved, and so on. Communities can range from the very small scale social units, relating to a single building, up to the city, national or even global scale.
The word 'community' is derived from the Latin 'communis', meaning 'shared in common'
Engaging with the local community is of growing importance within the planning system. The Coalition Government created the Localism Act which made public consultation a statutory requirement for specific schemes of a certain size, or specific organisations. For more information, see Consultation process.
A community liaison officer (CLO), sometimes referred to as a local liaison officer, communicates and coordinates activities between an organisation and a community. Typically, this might be required where an organisation such as a property developer has a significant interaction with the general public. For more information, see Community liaison officer.
Section 18 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 introduced a requirement for local planning authorities to prepare a statement of community involvement (SCI). The SCI sets out the authority’s engagement strategy for the planned involvement of the local community in the preparation and review of development plan documents and in consultation on planning applications. For more information, see Statement of community involvement.
- Community Right to Bid.
- Community Right to Challenge.
- Community Right to Build.
- Community Right to Reclaim Land.
- Right to Contest.
- New neighbourhood planning measures.
- The Our Place programme.
- Community shares initiative.
- Tenant empowerment programme.
- Right to Transfer.
Community-led housing is a means by which local communities can play a central role in providing their own housing. This can be used to specifically help certain groups such as older people. The general concept behind community-led housing is that the housing can be rented to people who live in the local community at affordable rates. For more information, see Community-led housing.
The Community infrastructure levy (CIL) is a charge that local authorities can choose to impose on new developments to fund local infrastructure. For more information, see Community infrastructure levy.
Community energy networks have become a popular means by which local communities can take collective action to reduce energy consumption by taking collective action to improve buildings, use collective purchase purchasing or switching power to get a better deal, and so on. For more information, see Community energy network.
- Community engagement in conservation.
- Community housing fund.
- The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2014.
- Community infrastructure levy commencement notice.
- Development plan.
- Housing cooperative.
- HS2 and community projects.
- Local development scheme.
- Local plan.
- Neighbourhood planning.
- Sites of community importance.
- Tenant management organisation.
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