The Handy Guide To Planning 2012 is Urban Forum's updated version of the original 2006 Guide, which still ranks as on of our most successful publications.
Produced in association with Planning Aid it forms a great starting point to understanding the complicated system of Planning in England and Wales.
With the era of austerity upon us and the public spending cuts bringing greater challenges, this handy guide, which has expert contributions from many organisations, is a timely, practical way to strengthen your community and make the best use of its assets.
The Guide contains sections on
→ Local Food Schemes
→ Asset Mapping
→ Local Exchange Trading Scheme (LETS)
→ Community Resilience Task Force
→ Community Led Planning
→ Renewable Energy
→ Community Asset Transfer
→ Community Land Banks
→ Community Land Trusts
→ Meanwhile Projects - Use of Assets
→ Local Currencies
→ Local Enterprise
→ Community Development Finance
→ Credit Unions
→ Crowdfunding Social Ventures
→ Social Impact Bonds
→ Charitable Bonds - Blended Value Investment
→ Local Multiplier3 (LM3)
→ Community Shares
What they say
"I was pleased to receive a copy of the Urban Forum Guide to Community Resilience. The book has been on my desk ever since. It chimes perfectly with the Localism agenda, is accessible, easy to read and inspires you to action. I would recommend it to any community group or local council looking to get a real handle on what current Policy actually translates to in terms of potential real action to improve and support our communities."
Steven Lugg, Hamphire Association of Local Councils
Urban Forum and bassac have published Local Action - a handy guide for communities working with councillors.
The guide includes a series of case studies and top tips to help community groups collaborate with their local councillors.
Do you need to work with you local council but are not sure where to start? Have you or your community group been unable to find a handy guide to how councils work? Well now just such a guide has been published.
Urban Forum and NAVCA, together with the National Empowerment Partnership and IDeA, have published How Your Council Works: A Handy Guide for Community Groups.
This practical guide provides the essential information that local authorities and LSP partners need to develop a joined-up approach to community engagement. The guide has been produced jointly with the Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA) and NAVCA, with support from the National Empowerment Partnership.