Paper to Climate Change Commission 17th July: Review of the Sustainable Community Strategy Background The local government white paper Strong and Prosperous Communities puts Sustainable Community Strategies at the heart of what local authorities do through the new performance framework and clearly indicates that future delivery of services will be through the Local Area Agreement and that the context for these decisions should be the Sustainable Community Strategy. The Community Strategy presents a shared vision and definition for a Sustainable Hampshire against which progress can be measured. The Sustainable Community Strategy takes account of community planning processes at District and more local level, and reflects priorities which have been developed in regional and county strategies. The SCS includes a profile of current issues and projections for the future which might affect the sustainability of the county. It also sets out priorities which will be the focus of specific improvement targets in the Local Area Agreement, made between local partners and HM Government. This is consistent with the process described in the Local Government White Paper “Strong and Prosperous Communities” 2006. Process Consultation and engagement The process for preparing the Sustainable Community Strategy is set out below: Children & young people Regional strategies Economy Access County strategies and assessments Housing District and local community plans Health & well-being Safety Debate and consultation Environment Communities Sustainability profile of the county: factors, projections and risks Outcomes for a sustainable Hampshire Risks and priorities Work has begun to identify key environmental , social and economic trends pressures and risks. The evidence being produced for the Climate Change Commission is being closely tracked as part of that exercise. A mapping exercise has been completed of existing partner’ s plans and strategies (some 28 in all, including District Community Strategies) to determine common outcomes, geographic target areas and identified risk factors. The work to date clearly shows that climate change will be a key driver of the vision for Hampshire in the Sustainable Community Strategy and that whatever outcomes are promoted will need clearly to acknowledge the links between the social, economic and environmental targets (appendix A gives more detail of the work to date on the review of the Community Strategy). Recommendation The Local Government White Paper clearly indicates that future delivery of services will be through the LAA and the context for these decisions the Sustainable Community Strategy. The Climate Change Commission is therefore asked to consider this broader context when considering any recommendations for adaptation and delivery. Appendix A 1. Sustainability Profile of the county This element will include a spatial profile of current characteristics and predictions for next 10 years as the context for a sustainable Hampshire. This profile is being prepared by HCC Spatial Strategy Group. Currently some of the key areas describing the future trends and risks for Hampshire are as follows: Theme Sub-Theme 1. Economic prosperity for All GVA and productivity- GVA data from Experian, per head, district Economic diversity – ABI data Skilled workforce & education Land and premises Unemployment Crime statistics (to be decided) Life Expectancy (projections inc) Cancer rates (projections inc) Circulatory & Heart Disease (projections inc) Dementia & Falls (inc projections for population aged 65+ ) Teenage Pregnancy rates (trends) Climate Change (commentary on health impacts) 1) market pressure – ratio of lower quartile incomes to lower quartile dwelling prices 2. Healthy & Safe Communities 3. Housing for All Risk or Opportunity Areas / Groups (Written Commentary on some of these) Ageing population Out-migration due to lack of affordable hosing Effects of globalisation Multiple Deprivation hotspots / Disparities Areas prone to ant-social behaviour Low income individuals & families (“Health Rank” - by ward) MOSAIC Recreation (Availability / use) – MORI First-time buyers (DCLG data?) Household composition (occupancy rates) (e.g. smaller family size, family breakdown etc) Ageing population 2) particular housing needs – some measure of the proportion of homes built that are affordable 3) Physical aspects of housing – most likely the levels of all housing that is unfit, by district 4. Environmental Quality & Climate Change Flood risk / Water source protection / Water consumption River quality / Marine water quality Air quality (linked with transport & health issues) Future of the Countryside; biodiversity Waste recycling / materials recovery (NRI) Climate Change (CC)– re. landscapes report for CC Commission Built Environment (Sustainable Homes Code: zero carbon) Energy efficiency / use of renewables (Bryan Boult Gp) 5. Mobility & Access Accessibility (e.g. hospitals, retail centres, market towns) Congestion / Air Quality hotspots Safety - fatalities & serious injury trends? Ageing population (65/ 85 years Elderly Commuters Rural areas Telecommunications; broadband 6. Demographic Change olds) Migration (from census, if it looks ok) Dependency ratio of older people to workers (depending on trend) by ward Total fertility rates, by district 2. Outcomes for a sustainable Hampshire Work has been carried out mapping existing partner’ s plans and strategies to determine common outcomes, geographic target areas and identified risk factors. Partner’s plans and strategies, both county and regional (28 in total) were mapped to the current 8 LAA priorities and the 4 current Community Strategy themes. District Community Strategies were analysed separately. LAA Priority 1 Approximately two thirds of the strategies clearly intend to improve the life chances for children and young people. The intended outcomes include improving the quality and access to support, advice, healthcare and accommodation LAA Priority 2 Community safety is an intended outcome for all of the strategies which are specific to Hampshire with the exception of the Local Transport Plan. The intended outcomes range from preventing crime and anti-social behaviour to improving Hampshire resident’s perception on the levels of crime LAA Priority 3 Increasing local people’s influence over decision making and the delivery of services is an outcome either clearly linked to or may be linked to 27 of the 28 strategies assessed. The intended outcomes focus on gathering and acting upon local people’s views however some of the strategies also seek to increase residents involvement in their communities and reduce social exclusion. LAA Priority 4 If the outcomes are successful, every strategy will improve the health and well-being of the people in Hampshire. Almost 80% of the strategies clearly state improving health and well-being as an intended outcome LAA priority 5 Almost 80% of the strategies analysed list economic improvement as an intended outcome. The intended outcomes range from reducing the barriers to employment e.g. by offering skills training opportunities to local people, through to promoting economic development e.g. by increasing tourism LAA Priority 6 Improving the co-ordination of transport and access to services in Hampshire is a priority outcome for 75% of the strategies assessed. The intended outcomes for transport include increasing the availability of public transport, improving road safety and reducing the impact and effect of congestion LAA priority 7 All bar one of the strategies in place across Hampshire seek to improve access to housing and accommodation with almost 80% of the strategies clearly listing improving housing as an intended outcome. The common housing themes throughout the various strategies include increasing the availability of affordable homes and bringing the quality of accommodation to an acceptable minimum standard. LAA Priority 8 The definition of the LAA environment priority is to use material resources more efficiently. Improving recycling rates clearly features in almost 70% of the strategies analysed however the environment does not feature in almost 20% of the strategies. District Community Strategies Analysis of the district Community Strategies against the LAA priorities shows that 64% of the district Community Strategies are addressing all eight priority areas identified in the LAA. The New Forest Community Strategy includes seven of the LAA priorities, with the omission being the communities priority. Test Valley’s Community Strategy includes seven of the LAA priorities, with the omission being the housing priority. All the district Community Strategies are addressing community safety, health and wellbeing, and environment issues within their Community Strategies. 91% of the district Community Strategies are addressing access issues and the economy. Within the 8 LAA priorities the most important priorities across the district Community Strategies are as follows: C&YP - health, teenage pregnancy, reduce obesity, more facilities Economy - increase employment, increase skills, increase investment, regeneration of towns Access - safe and affordable transport, range of services that are accessible Housing- affordable, housing for YP and vulnerable people, sustainable communities Community Safety- reduce fear of crime, violent crime & ASB Health and Wellbeing- increase life expectancy, reduce inequalities, reduce teenage pregnancy, healthy lifestyles, older people Environment- reduce pollution, climate change, renewable energy, improving cleanliness of towns Communities- reduce poverty,/social exclusion, increase participation, healthy communities The key drivers for the future, as recognised by the districts for the Hampshire SCS to focus on are as follows Climate change Future growth and development and the infrastructure to support this Environmental issues- transport, congestion and access A national set of 200 PIs will be published by the Government in the Autumn 07 as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review. The national 200 set will be analysed to assess whether they provide appropriate and adequate measures for the “Outcomes necessary to achieve a Sustainable Hampshire” and what further local indicators can be agreed might be appropriate.” There are likely to be three indicators in the CAA on Climate Change. How the districts are responding to Climate Change Most of the districts have or are in the process of producing Climate Change Strategies, Plans or Green Audits. Most of the LSPs through their Community Strategies have environment themes and environment working groups. LSPs are well placed to make a difference not only as a collection of individual agencies but also through the Sustainable Community Strategy to work with communities to reduce pollutants and the use of non renewable resources. LSPs could work together to understand the issues and share research and information. Joint working could be undertaken to understand and influence attitudes and to build capacity in organisations and communities.