Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS)

Each Local Authority has a duty to prepare a Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS), to be developed with and delivered by partners from public, private and community sector organisations (the LSP). It is an overarching strategy which draws on and influences future plans from all key local organisations and encompasses community aspirations to identify what issues are priorities. It sets out how services can be improved and delivered in ways that increase the environmental, social and economic well-being of the District.

Our SCS 2010 brings together in a single document Stroud District's vision and key priorities, identified via consultations with a wide range of organisations and individuals. It recognises that most issues need to be tackled on several fronts, and that no one organisation or agency has all the answers. The Stroud District LSP brings together all the relevant stakeholders, including those that deliver services in an area, to plan and deliver services more effectively and in a way that meets the needs and priorities that you have identified.

The Government has provided a definition of Sustainable Communities as:

‘places where people want to live and work, now and in the future. They meet the diverse needs of existing and future residents, are sensitive to their environment, and contribute to a high quality of life. They are safe and inclusive, well planned, built and run, and offer equality of opportunity and good services for all.'