= "a rights-based document that sets out all the things in a local area which residents have agreed are fundamental to the present and future health of their communities".
URL = http://faug.org.uk/community_charter.pdf (Falkirk example)
The Community Chartering Network:
"The Community Charter’s aim is to reframe how a community engages with the planning process for safeguarding community and environment, by putting what citizens consider most important in the centre of the process; rather than being driven by a reaction to, and often a 'fight' against, developers and decision-making bodies.
The Charter is not a legal document but takes legal effect through the planning process by being presented as a "material consideration" that the decision-making body needs to take into account under the UK’s legal planning framework. It articulates the community’s own vision about what it considers to be harmful or beneficial to its long-term future wellbeing, economy and eco-systems and affirms their right to be heard as part of the planning process on this basis.
Regulatory law is about legalising harms, or regulating the destruction of nature within the current system, there is little to guarantee prevention from harms in the first place. Additionally, the existing methods do not begin by asking residents “What do you actually want or care about to make you proud of where you live?” 'Putting Community and Environment First’ are the implicit values at the heart of a Community Charter."
Concerned Communities of Falkirk
"What is the Charter?
The Community Charter is a rights-based document that sets out all the things in our local area which residents have agreed are fundamental to the present and future health of our communities. These “assets” include a clean environment, our children, our homes, our community stability, a rich eco-system, food security, a healthy economy and trustworthy elected representatives.
We say these form our “cultural heritage”, which must be assessed under environmental regulations for all developments which potentially threaten our “assets”, such as the Dart application.
The Charter also sets out our rights and responsibilities to participate in planning processes that could affect our assets, and to have our views made a material consideration in all related decisions." (http://www.faug.org.uk/campaign/community-charter)