We are trying to persuade our local parish council that we should have a Neighborhood Plan.
The issue we have is that housing is being allocated in our small town when the local city has brownfield sites in its boundaries and nearby. Surely the government should pay to clean up those sites so that its just as profitable for developers to build there and so reduce green house gas emissions from commuting.
Also I am trying to get a Community Development Co-Op going in order to create sustainable Community Interest Companies. One idea is for a Community Garden producing vegetable boxes. If we were to sustainably feed the current community we would need around 256 aces of arable land. Allotment gardens are 11 times more productive than factory farming and provide more sustainable local jobs. Can we use the Neighborhood Plan to reserve this amount of land. Or does allocated housing come first?