Chapter 7, the Planning Office of TLIO, campaigns for a planning system which actively encourages sustainable, low impact and affordable homes. We give planning advice to people seeking to/or already embarking upon living on the land, engaged in land-based livelihoods.
Chapter 7 campaigns for “access to land for all households . . through environmentally sound planning” (from Agenda 21, Chapter 7c, on Human Habitation Settlement).
You can find some of our publications further down the page. We publish The Land Magazine at least twice a year. http://www.thelandmagazine.org.uk/
We also supply free planning advice
Chapter 7 lobbies for:
- Firmer guidance on what distinguishes a sustainable development from an unsustainable one;
- Policies which permit low impact and sustainable developments and/or exclude unsustainable developments.
- Alternatives to the proliferation of car-based urban sprawl
- The safeguarding of some urban land for sustainable low-profit use, including affordable housing, workshop space and yards, markets, independent shops, public transport facilities, allotments, community projects and gardens.
- Planning policies and procedures which cater for the special needs of self-built homes and workplaces and the community provision of facilities.
Quotations from Chapter 7 of Agenda 21 ‘All countries should . . . strengthen the indigenous building materials industry, based, as much as possible, on inputs of locally available natural resources . . . promote the increased use of energy efficient designs and technologies and sustainable use of natural resources . . promote the use of labour-intensive construction methods . . . develop policies and practices to reach the informal sector and self-help builders . . . discourage the use of construction materials and products that create pollution during their life cycle.’ Agenda 21 Chapter 7 ‘All countries should, as appropriate, support the shelter efforts of the urban and rural poor by adopting and/or adapting existing codes and regulations to facilitate their access to land, finance and low cost building materials.’ Agenda 21 Chapter 7
Austrian scythes: Chapter 7 is partially supported by the sale of hand-forged Austrian scythes, which are lighter and easier to sharpen than conventional English scythes – click here for a link to http://www.thescytheshop.co.uk/ to find out more about these fine tools
The Land Magazine Monkton Wyld Court Charmouth Bridport Dorset DT6 6DQ
Tel: 01297 561359
E-mail: chapter7 @ tlio.org.uk
The office is not staffed full-time.