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  1. Community Planning & DevelopmentHigher Education Academy Atam Verdi MRICS, Director 17 May 2012

  2. Why am I here? • NPPF • Localism Act • Economic Downturn • Planners are important gatekeepers • An economic & community development perspective 2

  3. Economic shocks - GDP The Sunday Times 3

  4. Risk – Commercial Capital Values 4

  5. Introduction • Chartered Surveyor • Private practice • Working with public sector • Board Member of Headingley Development Trust & Company Director of HDT’s Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre development (HEART) 5

  6. HEART is a project of Headingley Development Trust

  7. Headingley Development Trust Why does HDT exist? • HDT is made up of local residents and businesses, formed with the aim of promoting and developing a sustainable community in Headingley. • The community has experienced significant change due to the transience created by the large student population. • Our 1,000 members may be individuals, groups or businesses, but each member gets only one vote • We have a portfolio of active projects including Farmers Market, Cafe Scientifique, Natural Food Store, Headingley Homes (CLT) Why HEART (Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre) • The closure of Headingley Primary School was a symbol of the decline of family households in the area. • We have delivered a facility which will enable all parts of the community to come together for a wide range of activities (meetings/performance/celebration/learning/) • The community facilities will be subsidised by business space and a cafe which will complement the overall scheme.

  8. Heart - Layout Co-working Meeting Rooms Cafe Exhibition space Ground Floor

  9. HDT Structure • Staff • Development Manager • Business Development Manager Headingley Neighbourhood Design Statement

  10. Community Share Issue • HDT had experience from the Natural Food Store share issue • Prospectus circulated to our membership and beyond • Minimum individual investment £100. £30,000 maximum (£100=£1 share) • We have raised £105,000 and expect to receive more as the share issue remains open • The share issue was undertaken by HDT and the money has been loaned to HEART Ltd

  11. Finance • A wide range of sources – taking significant work to secure • £105,000 raised through Community Share Issue • £100,000 grant from Leeds City Council Area Committee • £500,000 interest free, non-repayable loan from Leeds City Council • £400,000 ((£250k loan & £150k grant) from Adventure Capital Fund • £30,000 (£20k loan, £10k grant) from Keyfund • £25,000 grant from the Foyle Foundation • £16,364 grant from Backing the Best – Yorkshire Forward • £15,999 grant Green Energy Trust • £3,000 grant from the Rank Foundation • £500 grant from The Steel Charitable Trust • We have also secured an additional £46k grant for the installation of solar panels, photovoltaic cells and grey water collection • Total £1.241m

  12. PR & Marketing

  13. HEART - timeline Sept’ 05 HDT formed Jul’ 06 School closes May’ 07 share issue Mar’ 09 Council Executive Board Decision Dec’ 09 Planning permission secured May ‘10 start on site Dec’ 10 completion Secured on 125 year lease HDT have signed a Service Level Agreement for 25 years

  14. Critical Lessons www.headingleydevelopmenttrust.org.uk www.heartcentre.org.uk • You need stamina • Shape the Board • Work with local Members/Council Officers • You must be commercial • The business plan is everything! • Communication is important

  15. NPPF & Localism Act • NPPF • Growth • Viability and deliverability • Localism Act • Neighbourhood Plans • Community Right to Challenge • Community Right to Bid & Build • [General Power of Competence] 15

  16. NPPF & Localism Act – implications /1 • Growth/Viability/Delivery • An understanding of economic development • How can planning policy be used as an enabler (e.g Local Development Orders) • Planning policy needs to be aligned with other aspects of policies and activities • The development process and development economics • Be able to engage with applicants and developers & to probe information being presented • Principles of development appraisals and how these are formulated • Working with other professionals including economists, surveyors, housing experts and design professionals • How local government is organised 16

  17. NPPF & Localism Act – implications /2 • Localism Act • Neighbourhood Plans • Consultation techniques • Working with stakeholders with different objectives and acting to build understanding and consensus • Drawing on a range of expertise to ensure that the process is well advised (expectation management/ case making/ benefits) • Advocacy skills to make a range of arguments 17

  18. Any questions?