Rural Strategy Action Plan - Buckinghamshire County Council
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Rural Strategy Action Plan - Buckinghamshire County Council

Buckinghamshire& Milton KeynesRural Strategy Action Plan 2008-2012

Priority Theme 1: Access to Services and FacilitiesPriority ThemeOpportunity forAction1. Maintain andimprove thesustainabilityof communityservicesincluding PostOffices, shops,pubs etc2. Establish‘communityanchors’in all ruralcommunitiesSuggested Action/intervention Measure of Progress Potential DeliveryOrganisation(s)/Links toLAA indicator(s)• Respond to planned Post Officeclosure programme• Provide continued support fromservice closures through developmentof community shops• Support further economicdevelopment activity and creation ofinnovative rural services• Encourage Local Authorities tosupport creation of community‘anchors’• Support community groups to createand retain rural services• Work with rural communities to raiseawareness of‘ community anchor’opportunities• Ongoing dialogue with Post Office toinfluence scale and location of closures• Study undertaken on rural retailopportunities and retention of existingservices• Establish of community – led partnershipsmanaging new rural service projects andproposals• Bucks/MK/District Economic Strategiesreinforcing rural access issues• ‘Community anchors’ and associatedimportance recognised within LocalAuthority policy• Establishment of partnerships supportingrevitalisation of rural retail opportunities• Address barriers to change from LocalAuthority policy in relation to land planningissues and business rates• Hold local workshops to raise the profileand endorse creation of ‘communityanchors’• BCC• MKC• AVDC• CDC• SBDC• WDC• Royal Mail• SEEDA• Business Link/Ngage• Enterprise Hubs• BELP• VIRSA• BCA• BESEN• Rural Shops Alliance• Parish Councils• Local community groups• Bucks and MK PCT• NHS• Bucks and MK RuralTransport PartnershipBucks LAA• NI 175 – Access to servicesand facilities by publictransport, walking andcyclingMilton Keynes LAA• NI 126 – Early access forwomen to maternity services• NI – 175 (as above)Funding Availability• LEADER Programme• Rural DevelopmentProgramme for England(RDPE)• SEEDA Access toServices Programme• SEEDA Market TownsProgramme• Chilterns AONBSustainableDevelopment Fund• NHS/PCT HospitalTravel Costs Scheme• DFT TransportInnovation Fund• Section 106agreements• Landfill tax

3. Develop newoutreachfacilitiesincluding keycommunityservices4. Encouragethe transferof surpluspublic sectorfacilities to ruralcommunities5. Improve medical,GP and primarycare serviceprovision• Lobby Local Authorities to ensureprocurement procedures reflect theneed for outreach facilities.• Ensure statutory bodies service plansand developments fully recognise theneed to provide outreach services.• Support the development of projectsand proposals aimed at facilities andservices for young and elderly people• Support and facilitate communitygroups who are interested in taking oncommunity asset ownership• Encourage Local Authorities to reviewsurplus estates/buildings and possibleasset portfolio transfer• Lobby PCT to review policy relating toaccess to GP services• Consider needs for further communitybasedprovision of medical and GPservices in remote locales• Encourage an overview of patientregisters and waiting lists, ensuringgreater fairness particularly relating theyoung and elderly• Local Authority outreach and voluntarysector procurement policies to reflectcommunity need and opportunities• Proposals developed identifying integrationof outreach services directed towards theyoung and elderly• Community-led appraisals to reflect theneed for increased facilities and identifypossible locations• Report prepared outlining Local Authorityasset transfer options/sites and possiblecommunity partners• Undertake study clarifying GP access inrural communities• PCT/NHS to work with local stakeholders/partners to identify local needs for furthermedical and GP services• Review of patient appointment prioritysystems in rural medical facilitiesundertaken

Priority Theme 2: TransportPriorityThemeOpportunityfor Action1. Seekwhereverpossibleto reducereliance onthe privatemotorcar2. Addressinadequacyof publictransportprovision3. Improvesafety onrural roadsand villagelanesSuggested Action/intervention Measure of Progress Potential DeliveryOrganisation(s)/Links toLAA indicator(s)• Seek greater investment in extending localbus provision, particularly bus routes• Encourage the wider rollout of car sharingschemes across rural communities,particularly relating to commuting andschool runs.• Invest in further improvements to pathways,bridleways and cycle routes• Proactive use of Rural Strategy to lobbylocal transport service providers and relevantpolicy• Undertake further research to assess ruraltransport service deprivation and bus routepenetration• Investigate improved integrated publictransport pricing/ticketing• Provide support for innovative communitytransport solutions – eg community carschemes, car loan scheme etc• Lobby local authorities to ensure surplusfunds are directed toward rural roadmaintenance• Parish Council/community groups to workin partnership with local authorities toidentify major accident spots• Further investigation into rural road/laneusage and main arterial road congestionrelationship• Support improved driver educationinitiatives• Buck and MK Rural Transport Partnershipdeveloping projects with rural transportpartners• Community groups undertaking CommunityLead Appraisals/Market Town Health Checksto assess project options• Extension of cycling ‘best practice’ utilised inAylesbury to outlying rural areas• Recognition of transport needs in ruraltransport delivery organisations’ policy/strategies/action plans• Report(s) produced illustrating ruralpublic transport inequalities with possiblesuggestions for provision improvement• Report produced outlining integrated publictransport possibilities.• Increase in the number of communitytransport organisations.• Rural roads/lanes featured prominently in localauthority maintenance schedules• Map rural accident spots and makerecommendations for actions and review ofspeed limits, pedestrian crossings etc• Review main road maintenance closures inview of rural road/lane impacts• BCC• MKC• AVDC• CDC• SBDC• WDC• Local bus serviceoperators (Arriva etc)• Bucks and MK PCT• BCA• Parish Councils• Highways Agency• Local railway franchises• London Underground• Department for Transport• NHS• Local community groupsBucks LAA• NI 198 – Childrentravelling to school –mode of travel usedMilton Keynes LAA• NI 177 – Local busjourneys originating in theAuthority areaFundingAvailability• SEEDA RuralAccess toServicesProgramme• DFT TransportInnovation Fund• Section 106agreements• Landfill tax• Road SafetyGrants• NHS/PCTHospital TravelCosts Scheme

4. Addresscar parkingneedsin ruraltowns andvillages5. Tacklehospitaltransportprovision• Investigate car park usage in rural townsand villages and establish relationships withassociated consequences• Lobby local authorities to ensure on- roadparking restrictions in rural towns andvillages do not act as barriers to transport oreconomic activity• Lobby local authorities to review car-parkingcharges in rural towns and villages.• Develop an enhanced relationship betweenrural communities and stakeholders with thePCT and broaderNHS• Encourage community-led transportprojects through existing community groups• Further investigate hospital transportdeprivation in rural communities• Report produced outlining strategic carparking needs in relation to local trade, schoolruns etc• On road parking restrictions analysed withrural locations recognised as areas for action -policy/strategies altered to reflect as such• District Councils to implement appropriatecharging policy changes in rural locations• Proposals developed to utilise extension of theHospital Travel Costs Scheme• Community-led project(s) developed inpartnership with local transport deliveryorganisations• Report produced to lobby for policy change inrelation to local hospital transport provisionPriority Theme 3: Rural HousingPriority ThemeOpportunity forAction1. Improve provisionof affordablehousing in ruraltowns andvillagesSuggested Action/interventionMeasure of ProgressPotential Delivery Organisation(s)/Links to LAA indicator(s)Funding Availability• Fully fund a countywide ruralhousing enabler service• Influence District LocalDevelopment Frameworks(LDF) and HousingStrategies to reflect ruralhousing needs.• Influence Growth Agendapolicy to recogniseopportunity for affordablerural housing provision• Increase numbers of RuralHousing Exception Sitesthrough LDFs, HousingStrategies and greaterawareness amongst ParishCouncils• Rural housing enablerservice engaged acrossthe County• Acknowledgement byLocal Authorities ofintention to recognise ruralhousing issues in LDFs• Local Authorities andAylesbury Vale Advantageto ensure growthof housing includesaffordable rural housingprovision• Review of ExceptionSites in rural communitiesundertaken with newlocations identified forsuitable developments• BCC• MKC• AVDC• CDC• SBDC• WDC• BCA• Parish Councils• Housing Corporation• Housing Associations• AVA• Private property/landowners• Local mains gas suppliers• NHBC• Thames Valley Energy• Chilterns AONB• Housing Corporation NationalAffordable Housing Programme• Second home council-tax levy• Innovative solutions encouraged– Shared ownership and landagreements• Housing Association fundingstreams• Section 106 agreements• Landfill tax• Barbour Charitable Trust• Big Lottery Research Programme• Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation• Low Carbon BuildingsProgramme• Eaga Partnership Charitable Trust• EDF Energy Green Fund• E.ON Source Fund

Priority Theme 3: Rural Housing cont.2. Address issuesof fuel povertyand raise qualityof existing ruralhousing stock3. Improve housingstock varietyto supportcommunitydiversity4. Ensure GrowthAgendadevelopmentsare appropriate incharacter, scaleand quality• Influence District HousingStrategies to targetimprovements to housingstock• Influence private landownersand property owners torestore and improve housingquality• Promote work to restorevacant rural properties to amodern standard• Ensure gas network has100% coverage in ruralcommunities• Influence policy throughappropriate support withinDistrict Housing Strategies• Encourage communities toassess housing opportunitiesthrough community-ledappraisals• Oppose proposals for ecotownsin unsuitable rurallocations• Encourage the creation andpurposeful use of villagedesign statements• Monitor compliance oflocal planning processes torelevant natural environmentguidance (Natural England,Chilterns AONB etc)• District Housing Strategies tobe reviewed with intention toimprove rural housing stockquality• Dialogue established betweenrural housing stakeholders andpartners targeting possibleimprovements to stock• Event run highlighting ruralhousing stock quality issues andexamples of best practice• Report submitted to local gascompanies outlining need forextended gas supplies in ruralcommunities• District Housing Strategies tobe reviewed, with intention toimprove rural housing stockquality• All community-led appraisalsto include dedicated sectionreviewing rural housing needsand opportunities• Report produced establishingan evidence base againstunsuitable eco-townsdevelopments in rural areas• Awareness campaign run tohighlight the role of village designstatements in planning anddevelopment process• Main growth stakeholders/partners to feedback on newdevelopment proposals andadherence to relevant policy• Housing Corporation Innovationand Good Practice• The Carbon Trust AppliedResearch Programme• Energy Efficiency Partnership forHomes• The Joseph Rowntree Foundation• The Leverhulme Trust• The Nuffield FoundationBucks LAA• NI 155 - Number of affordablehomes delivered (gross)• NI 156 - Number ofhouseholds living in temporaryaccommodation• Reduce fuel poverty: Number ofhouseholds receiving heating andinsulation improvements per year(local indicator)• Number of clients directlyaccessing the private rentedsector through local authoritypartnership schemes (excludingAylesbury Vale) (local indicator)Milton Keynes LAA• NI 155 - Number of affordablehomes delivered (gross)• NI 187 - Tackling fuel poverty -people receiving income basedbenefits in homes with a lowenergy efficiency rating

Priority Theme 4: Countryside and Environment cont3. Ensure anover-archingresponseto ClimateChange4. Promotesustainableaccess andenjoyment ofthe countryside• All new developments encouraged to bebuilt to achieve zero carbon outputs• Instigate a programme of behaviouralchange through an integrated programmeof community-led planning• Support the creation of Buckinghamshireas a ‘Transition County’• Work with Local Authorities andcommunity groups to further opportunitiesfor recycling• Support and encourage the creation of anew country park for Buckinghamshire• Effect land-use planning and ensuresustainable tourism features prominently inDistrict LDFs• Review approach to green spacemanagement, in particular assessing theuse of the Trust model as an option forfuture service delivery• Support adherence to Local AuthorityGreen Infrastructure and Rights of WayStrategies• Promotion of sustainable access tothe countryside through use of theCountryside Code• Local Authorities to considerincentives for inclusion of zerocarbon features in developments• Event/workshops held to raiseawareness of communityempowerment and role intackling climate change• Discussions instigated amongstBuckinghamshire stakeholders topursue ‘Transition County’ status• Report produced identifyingneeds and opportunities interms of improving countywiderecycling figures• Report produced assessing theneed and possible locations for anew country park in the county• LDFs to be reviewed ensuringthat appropriate and sustainablerural developments, such ashotels, are permitted• Completed review of Trust modeland its implication for greenspace management• Evidence of related policy andstrategies illustrated throughannual report• Countryside Code leafletsdistributed across the county inappropriate locations, both urbanand rural

2 Understand the nature ofrural deprivation levels,particularly that which isconcealed by traditionalmeasurements3. Support increasedcommunityempowerment throughTown and Parish Councilrole and autonomy4. Address ongoing issuesof rural crime and antisocialbehaviour5.Ensure the ongoingevolution of BRAG• Support further research helping to betteridentify explanations for concealed ruraldeprivation• Work to ensure all Town and ParishCouncils achieve and maintain ‘quality’status• Utilise Pathfinder agreement to ensuregreater delegation of powers to Town andParish Councils• Ensure Town and Parish Council areappropriately represented at a regionallevel by a unified body• Encourage greater role of NAGs andcommunity collaboration to assess andaddress rural crimes• Ensure Community Safety Strategyrecognises rural crime and anti-socialbehaviour issues• Encourage greater development ofschemes such as ‘Horse Watch’ totackle rural crimes• Ensure drug action teams have a widerural coverage• Maximise opportunities for BRAG toreinforce its role as the independent ‘ruralvoice’, particularly through representationon the two LAAs.• Establish independent secretarial, reseachand policy analysis function for BRAG• Widen the membership of BRAG toensure it remains representative of ruralcommunities.• Research paper commissioned identifyingcauses and levels of ‘masked’ deprivation in ruralcommunities• Programme of training and mentoring adoptedto ensure Town and Parish Councils operationalcapacity is maximised• Town and Parish Councils involved in ongoingdiscussions with Local Authorities aboutdevolution of services• Proposal for the establishment of a unified bodywhich represents the Parish Councils of Bucksand Milton Keynes• Successful establishment of rural NAGs acrossthe county• Local Authority Community Strategies reflect andacknowledge issues of rural crime and anti-socialbehaviour• Innovative community responses to rural crimedeveloped, such as neighbourhood watchgroups etc• Drug and alcohol education/outreach meetingsheld in countywide rural locations• Issue Groups are successfully establishedaligned to Strategy’s 6 Priority Themes• BRAG representation achieved within BSP/MKSP Strategic Partnerships• Long-term commitment to BRAG establishedwith defined resources, wider membership baseand possible secretariat• Bucks New University• ONS• SEE-IN• Rural Research StrategyPartnership• NAGs• Thames Valley PoliceBucks LAA• NI 131 - Delayedtransfers of care fromhospitals• NI 136 - Peoplesupported to liveindependently throughsocial services• NI 16 - Seriousacquisitive crime rate• NI 21- Dealing withlocal concerns aboutanti-social behavior andcrime by the local andpolice• NI 7 - Environment for athriving third sector• Number of peopleparticipating in alcoholtreatment followingarrest referral (localindicatorMilton Keynes LAA• NI 16 (as above)• NI 21 (as above)• NI 40 – Drug users ineffective treatment• NI 115 – Substanceabuse by young people• NI 125 - Achievingindependence forolder people throughrehabilitation/intermediate care

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