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Policy Proposals for the London Plan

The Community Food Growers Network (CFGN), Capital Growth, Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), Federation of City Farms & Gardens and Just Space have worked together to write London Plan policy proposals to support community food production and projects in the capital.

We want a London where all Londoners have access to fresh nutritious food, community space, and opportunities for training & employment.

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Londoners’ own plan for London

Re-posted from Just Space website

See pp 48 – 51 for policy proposals on ‘Community Food and Food Production’ that CFGN has worked with Sustain, Women’s Environmental Network and the Federation of City Farms and Gardens on.

Just Space Network launches Community-led Plan for London and calls for Sadiq Khan to encourage fair involvement in planning.

Just Space, an informal network of voluntary and community groups, has published a draft Community-led Plan for London to establish the need for public participation and new initiatives in planning the city.

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Frustrated by the few gains resulting from community participation in successive Examinations in Public (EiPs) of the London Plan, and at too late a stage in the process, Just Space decided to use its combined knowledge and evidence built up over many years and write a set of London Plan policies from a community perspective. Eighty-five different organizations have contributed to the draft, from local community campaigns to pan-London interest groups.

Just Space calls for the new Mayor to analyse the current planning model and its detrimental impact on the majority of Londoners. They say there is an urgent need to re-balance a system in which developer-led planning dominates large areas of the city, for example across the ‘Opportunity Areas’. Just Space challenged Boris Johnson’s London Plan, saying it would increase the polarisation of London’s communities, continue to encourage inequality and not solve the housing crisis. They were also critical of the narrowness of his ‘World City’ focus.

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London Community Food Map >> Launch << 19.09.15

London Community Food Map Launch!
Date: Saturday 19th September 2015
Time: 2-5pm

Location: Calthorpe Project, 258-274 Gray’s Inn Rd, London WC1X 8LH, United Kingdom
Contact: cfgn@riseup.net

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Community gardens are everywhere in London- spaces in the city where people learn new skills, spend time with neighbours, complete trainings and qualifications, and enjoy wildlife and plants in an ever increasing built-up urban environment.  They show the potential and need for food systems in the city that work with people and nature to produce fresh, nutritious food for all!

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Common Agricultural Policy

The Land is Ours have been doing some work on the issues around the Common Agricultural Policy, which coincides with current campaigns by Via Campesina and a host of other producer unions in Europe.

Very little has been done on the issues around CAP in the UK, which is crazy because in the UK the situation of tax payers funding the consolidation of holdings of huge land owners is at its most stark.

The Govt has been smart in shifting the CAP debate into the EU/non EU box but remains very involved in aggressive lobbying at the EU level against capping (setting a limit to subsidies) and greening (tying subsidies to environmental measures / organic production)

We have a new resources section with the the TLIO text which works well as background info here – https://www.cfgn.org.uk/resources/common-agricultural-policy-c-a-p/

See also the panorama ‘the money farmers’ clip below…