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At last!

Well it seems my pronouncement of the demise of the Community Right to Build two weeks ago was indeed premature! This week my CRTB Google-alert brought me this document from the Department of Communities and Local Government – their own … Continue reading

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The Community Right to Build is Dead?

Sure – you remember; the Community Right to Build? The flagship idea of the early days of the Localism agenda, and now law as part of the Localism Act. In the immediate aftermath of its announcement back in the late … Continue reading

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Challenging Times for Affordable Housing

I attended a very good event on the future of affordable housing in Norfolk last week, hosted by Saffron Housing. Chief Executive Adam Ronaldson gave a sobering account of the impact that the credit crunch and recent government policy are … Continue reading

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The Norfolk Way

I finally managed to get together with Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman at his constituency office in Dereham last week. I’ve been keen to talk to him since seeing his ideas on sustainable rural development – his ‘Norfolk Way‘ campaign – … Continue reading

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CRTB: Building a Consensus

This piece on a Neighbourhood Plan emerging in Norton and Malton caught my eye, and has some resonance with some of my earlier observations about the Community Right to Build.

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Community Right to Build: It’s All Gone a Bit Quiet.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the Community Right to Build (CRTB) initiative, you might be forgiven for thinking it’s gone a bit quiet recently. This is partly true; the initial flurry of interest in the press following the … Continue reading

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Er…Sorry; So it is a Nimby Charter!

I went to a very well attended breakfast seminar on the Localism Bill hosted by solicitors Howes Percival last week. The pre-seminar buzz amongst the impressively grey-suited property crowd was the previous day’s news that the Greater Norwich Development Partnership … Continue reading

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‘Facilitators’, not ‘Organisers’…

…suggests Alan Spedding, commenting on my last post, and via Twitter: @ruralise: have responded on the blog – not organisers – facilitators helping the community to get what it needs…and for how long?” perhaps the community will pay for the … Continue reading

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Who Pays the Piper? And for How Long?

The Rural Services Network (RSN) reports that the Government has found some cash to fund an ‘Institute of Community Organising’ to push forward its Big Society agenda – and Norfolk will be one of ten counties where the plan is … Continue reading

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More on Community-Run Shops

Twitter brought me to a piece by Alan Spedding (@RuSource) about community-run shops. I think it’s Alan’s summary of a longer report by the Plunkett Foundation. I did talk a bit about shops – and the Plunkett Foundation in fact … Continue reading

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