Posted: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:25
Leicestershire County Council has received £20,000 from Sainsbury's to help tackle food waste across the county.
Investment was secured from the supermarket giants under its Waste less, Save more initiative, and the council is launching three community kitchens as part of a scheme to get people thinking about what food they throw away at home. The county council is looking for residents to take part in a free 10-week course, starting Monday, 4 September, designed for participants to use the facilities to eat and socialise together, while learning and sharing tips on how to reduce food waste and save money.
These will open in Earl Shilton, Barwell and Wykin. As well as urging people to sign up to the 10-week course, the county council is encouraging people to volunteer and keep the community kitchens running after the initial 10 week course, so that other people can participate and learn how to make the most of their food.
Councillor Pain added: "This is a vital role in helping to tackle food waste issues in the future.
"Volunteers will welcome new people to the kitchen, help to prepare and serve food, demonstrate how to store and freeze foods properly, help people to portion properly and reduce the amount of food that they waste in their homes, saving them money on their food bills."
Sainsbury's put out a nationwide call to communities to take part in the next phase of their Waste less, Save more campaign following a twelve-month trial in Swadlincote, Derbyshire last year.
The firm offered an overall grant pot of one million pounds to communities looking to provide innovative ways to help households cut food waste.
Paul Crewe, Sainsbury's head of sustainability, said: "We've learnt a huge amount as a result of our 12-month pilot and we are really excited to be rolling out the next phase of Waste less, Save more.
"We've learnt a lot about how we can help households waste less food and save money, but we're now casting our net wider to see what innovative ways communities up and down the country do to tackle food waste."
Anyone interested in volunteering or taking part in the 10-week course can email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0116 305 7005.
Posted: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:51
Neighbourhood Planning Bill is coming to the end of its passage through the House of Lords. Passage of the Bill has highlighted the importance of neighbourhood planning support. In the Housing White Paper the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) confirmed that further funding will be available to groups from 2018-20. They also confirm funding for local planning authorities for the financial year beginning April 2017.
A package of support is available to communities, including grant and technical support. Technical support includes site assessment, masterplanning and design, evidence base and policy review, strategic environmental assessment and plan healthchecks.
For further information visit here
Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:17
The Government consultation 'Fixing our Broken Housing Market' is open for comment until 11:45pm on 2nd May 2017. They are particularly interested in finding out people's experience of the Examination process:-
What sort of advice and support did you receive just before submission of your neighbourhood plan or order to the local planning authority and what additional support would be helpful?
What information was available to you and others in the very early stages of the examination process and what would you find most useful?
What information or support is available to neighbourhood planning groups and others on when oral hearings might be appropriate? Are there additional or alternative ways that an examiner could explore issues or seek further information?
Should the examination process better involve neighbourhood planning groups in decisions where modifications to a neighbourhood plan are being recommended?
Comments can be submitted on-line via the following link:
Posted: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:33
This week, Gavin Barwell (Minister of State for Housing & Planning & Minister for London) made a Ministerial statement that sets out the Government's position with regard to the status of Neighbourhood Plans in areas where the local planning authority cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites. The full statement can be read here: www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2016-12-12/HCWS346/
Posted: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:35
Government Office have published a new set of policy factsheets, which provide further background information on the measures within the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.
Posted: Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:06
The Government's Neighbourhood Planning Team have issued a new bulletin detailing the latest news and policy developments.
Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:48
Technical consultation on implementation of neighbourhood planning provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.
Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:20
Neighbourhood Planning Bill is set to speed up and strengthen the Neighbourhood Planning process.
Read more at the Department for Communities & Local Government
Posted: Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:10
Posted: Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:20
Following the Queen's Speech 2016, an accompanying Briefing Note Extract about Neighbourhood Planning has been released