Localising new-build housing

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Housing, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Procurement

Architect and writer Clive Aslet (left) writes about a development of 4,000 houses on 500 acres – houses, small apartment blocks, schools, surgeries, mixed income housing, shops, business premises and leisure facilities and green spaces – on the edge of Newquay. There is an emphasis on local labour, materials and procurement. “How society chooses to house […]

Corbyn focusses on decentralisation: localising energy and transport

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Energy, Environment, Government, Green New Deal, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Mutuals, People power, Planning, Politics, Transition, Transport, Urban

Jeremy Corbyn has launched an environmental manifesto that outlines plans for the UK to achieve 65% of energy from renewable sources by 2030 – without fracking. Corbyn proposes to put cities, councils, devolved governments and communities at the heart of an efficient, decentralised energy system by promoting a shift to electric and hydrogen buses and cars; a […]

Locality: community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive.

Posted Posted in Housing

. Locality is a national network of enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive. It is joining forces with the Building and Social Housing Foundation to spotlight new community-led housing developments by running a series of ‘See for Yourself’ events. Each visit in the programme will concentrate on a different innovative approach put […]

Could Brummie bonds fund house building?

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Banks, City council, Devolution, Economy, Finance, Government, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Transition

City councillor John Clancy, who once worked in the venture capital market, explains in a Chamberlain Files article,  [accessed via the Brummie], that  ‘Brummie bonds’ can provide much needed investment and kick-start building by local councils and housing associations across Birmingham. Some readers will remember that the Brummie Bonds concept was incorporated in the 2003 […]

America: six big shifts towards an economy that distributes economic benefits widely and minimizes damage to the environment

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Environment, Food, Health, Housing, Local economies, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Regional economies, Transition, Transport

. Sarah van Gelder (right) is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine which feature powerful ideas and practical actions towards a more just and sustainable world. She has co-founded a cohousing community, organized tenants and built a produce cooperative, providing local, sustainably grown whole foods, at affordable prices, to residents who want local, sustainable […]

Co-operatives: raising and developing the weakest part of our local communities and civil society?

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Employee ownership, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Housing, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Mutuals, Planning, Retail, Social Enterprise, Trade, Transition

The roots of the co-operative movement in Italy go back to 19th century workers’ associations, with credit services, agricultural and building co-ops forming an important part of the overall economy. There are more than 20, 000 cooperatives, including housing and banking movements, with over 3 million members. In 2011 Jeffrey Hollander asserted that the success […]

Adam Smith’s invisible hand and visible hands in Birmingham

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Housing, Microfinance, Politics, Regional economies, Uncategorized

Birmingham has long been a city with some of the highest levels of deprivation in western Europe, living with fears for the future as the loss of big manufacturing becomes apparently permanent. However, within living memory the city became the UK’s second city, and achieved an economic peak during the 1920s and 1930s – times […]

American localisers call for new economic forms to support an emerging new economy

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Environment, Finance, Food, Housing, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Microfinance, Planning, Regional economies, Transition

. . As ‘our grand economic experiment’ has demonstrably failed to serve people and planet, New Economics members in America have begun to readjust and re-experiment. Citizens organized in neighbourhoods, cities, and small towns, are working together to create new economic forms that support an emerging new economy.  PBS NewsHour has aired a report on […]

Will the end of traditional growth paths lead to ‘cosmopolitan localism’ ?

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Energy, Environment, Food, Housing, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Planning, Transition, Transport

Steve Schofield, whose work in Bradford was covered on this blog some time ago, focusses on the real security challenge of the 21st century caused by resource depletion and climate change. The evolution of the international system was driven by the ambitions of the larger industrial states, defined by elite, corporate groups that control central […]

West Midlands MEP advocates the ‘Green Deal’ for social housing

Posted Posted in City council, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, EU, Finance, Green New Deal, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Low carbon, Planning, Politics

In a newsletter this week (not yet available on his website) Local Euro MP Phil Bennion expresses the hope that the government’s ‘Green Deal’ will be more widely extended to help people in rented social housing: “Millions of homes in the UK do not have full double-glazing. More than half do not have enough insulation […]