COMMUNITIES

  • housing is designed for communities of all age groups, abilities, ethnic backgrounds and needs, living near to and supporting each other
  • workplaces are located within communities so that the vast majority of people can walk or cycle to work
  • fuel poverty is eliminated because all housing has been built or retrofitted with the best energy efficiency standards
  • more people work from home and so are part of the community throughout the day, able to look out for neighbours and helping to sustain local shops and businesses
  • young people, the elderly and the disadvantaged live alongside each other in the community and learn from each other

Easy access to work, shops and services

  • workplaces are located within communities so that the vast majority of people can walk or cycle to work
  • town centres are revitalised, with independent shops and services giving them unique local character and giving communities pride in their towns
  • out of town retail developments are curbed so that shops and services in local towns and villages do not face unfair competition and roads aren’t clogged with people travelling to shop
  • with the demand for commuting to work much reduced, there are fewer cars on the road and less need for new road building

Active community decision-making

  • local government is truly local again, with decisions on taxes and spending taken at as local a level as possible
  • individual communities draw up their own neighbourhood plans which are the basis for how land is used and how community services are provided
  • communities are actively involved in deciding local spending priorities, through participatory budgeting
  • people of all ages are involved in community decision-making, with young people learning how to take part in debates and decisions from an early age