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The following policy proposals are currently being promoted


 

Public Sustainability Risk Register www.publicsrr.org

Local Sustainable Community Groups www.localscg.org

 

Exemplary Sustainable Community Retail Sites
 

Exemplary Sustainable Community Retail Sites

[drafting 180511]

 

This proposes that all major retailers, when seeking planning approval for a new or an existing retail site, should be asked [by local authorities] to:

 

  1. declare them be ‘exemplary Sustainable Community Retail Sites’, taking an ongoing reputational stake in maintaining that status.

 

  1. make an explicit, ongoing commitment to work with the local community to:

 

a.      reduce adverse environmental impacts and improve amenity

 

b.      deliver improved retail services for the whole community, including the elderly, disabled and other minority groups

 

c.      actively promote, enable and achieve above-average levels of sustainable shopping behaviours.

 

 

What is an Exemplary Sustainable Community Retail Site?

 

It is the essence of this proposal that retailers, informed by public opinion and expert advice, should be encouraged to compete, openly, to deliver more sustainable, accessible and lower impact retail services to the community it serves.

 

It is envisaged that each retailer, in principle, would identify for itself a broad set of sustainability indicators on which it chooses to compete. These might include both internal and external performance indicators, such as the proportion of sustainably sourced products sold, and the proportion of customers using public transport or other alternatives to private cars.

 

The identification and promotion of specific performance indicators is likely to be a dynamic, competitive process, driven by informed public opinion, expert advice and, in some cases, the Government’s strategic targets.

 

Over time, it might be expected that there would emerge, through a combination of informal and formal consensus building, a set of common, critical indicators of sustainability for community retail sites.

 

‘Exemplary’, in this context, implies that the retailer would seek to achieve better-than-average performance on a range of critical sustainability indicators and would aim to set new benchmarks for sustainability in at least one other area.

 

This proposal might, in effect, provide a helpful component of Local Authorities strategies under the Sustainable Communities Act.

Chris Baker 180511


Exemplary Sustainable Community Retailing Sites

 

Possible ‘next steps’ for Solihull Council

 

  1. Prior to Sainsburys finalising their planning applications,

 

  1. To invite and to obtain a positive response from Sainsburys to:

 

    1. declare its Dorridge site to be an Exemplary Sustainable Community Retail Site, taking a reputational stake in its success;

 

  1. make an explicit, ongoing commitment to work with the local community to:

 

    1. reduce adverse environmental impacts and improve amenity

 

    1. deliver improved retail services for the whole community, including the elderly, disabled and other minority groups

 

    1. actively promote, enable and achieve above-average levels of sustainable shopping behaviours.

 

  1. To stimulate an open discussion, engaging with all [major] retailers and with the wider community, about the nature of Sustainable Community Retailing [in Solihull]

 

    1. To encourage the major retailers, especially, to offer ambitious, innovative and competitive proposals for how they will deliver sustainable community retail developments [in the SMBC area].

 

  1. Raise this policy idea as a issue via, for example, the LGA and seek the views of other Local Authorities

 

 

 

Chris Baker

180511