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Case Study: Cae Tan

Cae Tân, a community supported agriculture CSA project, is located on a beautiful rural site in Ilston on the Gower peninsula, Wales. The location is next to a couple of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project is in the early stages, but their experiences around planning and leasing will be useful to others setting up CSAs.

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Useful Link: Welsh Government - Planning

Useful information from the Welsh Government planning department including: 

  • The latest planning policy for Wales
  • Planning Guidance
  • Development Plans
  • Planning Statistics

Use the following link to access the pages: Welsh Government Planning Pages

 

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Planning: Planning Policy & Community Growing

Sustain have produced a special guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing.

The guide brings together examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. It is aimed primarily at planning authorities to help them to use food growing as a way of creating healthy communities. 

This is a specific recommendation within the Planning Practice Guidance that goes with the National Planning Policy Framework for England, but a principle that is relevant across the UK.

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Valuing Grasslands - Environmental Impact Assessment

Community gardens value their local natural environments and are keen to look after native ecosystems. However, some may overlook the habitat value of grassland.

While grassland may not always look appealing or exciting, some areas contain very active and precious ecosystems which should not be disturbed. For example, they may contain wildflowers that are becoming rarer and support a wide range of insects, mammals and birds of prey that feed on them.

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Vision: Land Access For Sustainable Cities

This CLAS visioning document is aimed at stakeholders who have an interest or influence in land-based policy at town, city or area-wide level.

It suggests a number of measures and practical actions that can be taken to improve access to land for small-scale and community food growing.

The actions listed here are part of the CLAS remit to influence policy at local, regional and national level, with the aim of making more land available for community growing.

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Planning: Environmental Impact Assessment (Wales)

If you are considering a new community growing project in Wales, or expanding your current project, you may need to do an Environmental Impact Assessment, particularly if this is on previously uncultivated or semi-natural areas, or projects that physically alter rural land holdings.

Projects on uncultivated land, or semi-natural areas that increase its productivity for agriculture. The types of work covered will include

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Case Study: S106 Agreements

One Brighton is an eco-development of 172 residential flats, plus office space, in Brighton. As part of a S106 Agreement, 28 small raised bed allotments have been created on a balcony on the sixth floor. The development is run by a Community Interest Company.

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Finding Land: Site Features Checklist

Before you can decide whether a site or land agreement is suitable for your group, you need to plan what you will use the land for, both now and in the future. This checklist will help you prepare for your land search and for the agreement with the land owner. Tell the landowner what you expect to build and what you think your requirements will be. Make sure essential items are permitted in the lease.

Site Features Checklist

 

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Useful Link: Ethical Property Foundation

Ethical Property Foundation

02070 650 760

www.ethicalproperty.org.uk

The Ethical Property Foundation advises charities and community groups on property issues. Its Property Advice Service offers independent, ethical advice and training, and has helped almost 600 organisations to rent, buy, let or manage property since 2005.

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