COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Communities are made up of individuals, schools, churches, businesses, voluntary groups, farmers... the list is endless. They are best placed to know what is best for their local area but often require specialist support and advice to help develop projects, funding bids or get more people involved.

ACRE

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Action with Communities in Rural England is the national umbrella body of the Rural Community Action Network (RCAN), which operates at national, regional and local level in support of rural communities across the country
www.acre.org.uk

Community First

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Advice to all committees responsible for running community buildings in the county on all aspects of energy saving; Site inspections to give basic sustainability audit on buildings; Signposting to sources of specialist expertise in relation to insulation and green heating systems; Signposting to sources of funding for this work; Dissemination of examples of Good Practice; Website based advice and info. Charges: Free as at 8/13 Site visits, funding application support may have to be charged for in the future.
www.comfirst.org.uk

Community Land Trust

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Community Land Trusts are powerful examples of communities taking control and transforming the future of their local community. They are non-profit, community-based organisations run by volunteers that develop housing, workspaces, community facilities or other assets that meet the needs of the community, are owned and controlled by the community and are made available at permanently affordable levels.
www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk

Herefordshire Council - Ecological Planning Guidelines

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Information on ecological planning information, Supplementary Planning Guidance for Biodiversity and ecological planning requests.
https://beta.herefordshire.gov.uk/environmental-protection/conservation-and-sustainability/environmental-services-ecology-and-geology/what-ecological-planning-policies-are-there/

Herefordshire Council - Air Quality

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Herefordshire Council - Building Control

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General advice on the planning application process and view planning applications and the statutory planning register.
https://beta.herefordshire.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/development-control/contact-planning-services/?q=planning&type=suggestedpage

Herefordshire Council - Minerals and Waste

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This website deals with planning matters relating to minerals and waste.
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/natural-resources-minerals-and-waste

Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service

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We provide information, guidance and support to voluntary community organisations and groups in Herefordshire. We offer a range of support services to ensure that charities, community groups, village hall committees, sports and leisure clubs and social enterprises can thrive and continue to make a huge contribution to life in the county. Hvoss will provide information and support to its members as well as continuing to develop good working relationships and commissioning arrangements with other organisations that have a role in supporting the sector.
www.hvoss.org.uk

Larc Development Trust

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LARC operates Grange Court as a Community, Heritage and Enterprise Hub. It is a place for people to visit, learn in and organise from. It provides meeting space, community support, networking and volunteer development. It also provides office space to local enterprises with an emphasis on social and community enterprise. Staff and volunteers have a range of experience including architecture, business development, and heritage development.Charges: Room hire Charges apply as do office rentals (available by the hour, ½ day, daily and weekly)
www.grangecourt.org

Locality

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Locality is the leading nationwide network for community-led organisations. We help people to set up locally owned and led organisations and support organisations to exchange ideas and best practice on community asset ownership, community enterprise and social action.
www.locality.org.uk

National Council For Voluntary Organisations

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We support and celebrate volunteering in all its diversity, and champion and strengthen the voluntary sector – by making sure government knows it’s true value, and making sure it can continue to do what it does best.
www.ncvo-vol.org.uk

Natural England Toolkit For Communities

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The Natural Environment Toolkit for Communities will aim to provide accessible and easily understandable web based information for local communities.
www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/linkingpeople/communities

Plunkett Foundation

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The Plunkett Foundation helps rural communities through community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them.
www.plunkett.co.uk

RTPI Planning Aid (National)

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Our Planning Aid Direct web resource is free to use and provides: answers to questions people often ask about planning; clear, simple explanations of how the planning system works and signposting on where to go next.
www.rtpi.org.uk/planning-aid

Rural Community Action Network

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The Rural Community Action Network is the collective name for 38 county based organisations and their national umbrella body, ACRE. Rural Community Action Network members are charitable local development agencies, generally based at county level, which support and enable initiatives in rural communities.
www.acre.org.uk

Visit Herefordshire

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The official tourism organisation for Herefordshire.
visitherefordshire.co.uk/