|Title||What's in a name? Local Agenda 21, community planning and neighbourhood renewal|
|Authors||Lucas, K., Ross, A. and Fuller, S.|
An evaluation of whether the move towards community strategies enhances or undermines policies on sustainable development.
Under the Local Government Act 2000 local authorities must prepare community strategies to ‘promote or improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of their areas, and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in the UK’. This remit is remarkably similar to the pre-existing Local Agenda 21 (LA21) policy initiative, and there is a worry that local authorities will duplicate efforts or overlook ten years of LA21 experience.
What’s in a name? evaluates whether the move towards community strategies enhances or undermines policies on sustainable development. Using eight authorities as case studies, it considers how LA21 was introduced, what initiatives resulted and how these were received by the targeted communities.
The study includes the views of project workers, local volunteers, trainees, residents and others who participated in these initiatives. The authors review the processes that led to successful outcomes and draw out the lessons from the practical experiences of both professionals and communities. They also ask whether LA21 can be said to have successfully met its objectives. The report highlights the importance of local environmental issues to regeneration, neighbourhood renewal and community planning.
|Publisher||Joseph Rowntree Foundation|
|Place of publication||York, UK|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.jrf.org.uk/bookshop/details.asp?pubID=526|