07.03.12 Report of the CTE Group for New Housing
Charity law and new church / community projects
Members of the Churches Group for New Housing Areas come from various denominations and draw strength from each others traditions and resources. We considered a resource from the Baptist Union of Great Britain which helps local congregations - which are autonomous in terms of charity law - about new initiatives and their charitable status. We found the BUGB resource paper C31 easilly applicable to other denominations.
Localism and Neighbourhood Planning
We considered recent Government updates on 'Localism' in relation to possible developments and new housing and agreed to pursue this as a particular interest of the group, even to see if we could arrange a meeting with the Government Minister responsible.
Community Infrastructure Levy
We compared notes and found that the CIL proposals could be regionally interpreted, and would have a bearing on the Localism agenda. we agreed to find out how CIL was already or proposed to be levied and for what purpose.
Churches / LEP's / Partnerships
We considered the arrangements put in place in 1970's for joint working in a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) as it related to enw housing areas then and now and shared buildings. We listed a number of issues and agreed to host a proposed joint meeting with the Churches Group for Local Unity to compare notes and propose ways forward.
New Church / New Town - Encounters on the Edge booklet
We noted the report from the Sheffield Centre in the Encounters series about Telford. This is about church engagement in the new housing areas in relation to community development and Fresh Expressions of Church. Availble from the Encounters website.