Long-term planning for the future economic, social and environmental wellbeing of your area will be laid out in your council's Sustainable Communities Strategy.
The Local Government Act 2000 places a duty on local authorities, county and district councils and unitary authorities to prepare a community strategy in partnership with the community.
Community Strategies should set out a vision for a local authority's area along with actions and commitments to further economic, social and environmental well-being.
Community Strategies are usually prepared by a body called a Local Strategic Partnership, made up of representatives from local bodies and interest groups.
According to Government guidance, Community Strategies should:
Sustainable Community Strategies and Local Strategic Partnerships are likely to have a significant effect on your area as a result of new Local Area Agreements which were made a statutory requiremennt in the 2007 Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act.
These agreements are the new delivery mechanism of the Sustainable Community Strategy. They will shape the future development of your area by setting priorities over the strategies and spending of bodies, such as:
Because of the new statutory powers, you should press for your Sustainable Community Strategy and Local Area Agreement to contain commitments and actions needed to address rural and environmental issues.
Contact your Local Strategic Partnership community or environmental representative to find out how well the Local Strategic Partnership pursues environmental objectives.
If you want to get involved more, put yourself forward as a representative for the partnership.