Contact Details

Paul Cooke

Team Leader

Sustainable Development & Living Environment,

Pontllanfraith Council Offices,

NP12 2YW

Tel: 01495 235183





Living Environment Objectives (621.62 KB, PDF)

Living Environment Strategy (1.22 MB, PDF)

Living Environment Evidence Base (393.39 KB, PDF)


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Living Environment

Family cycling in country parkThe scope of the Living Environment theme is a broad one, with the Partnership responsible for tackling seven Community Strategy objectives, encompassing a range of issues including housing and the built environment, community cohesion and citizenship, community safety, countryside, heritage and climate change. Inevitably, the Living Environment Partnership is made up of a diverse range of 27 partner organisations* with a steering group of 9 organisations. The Partnership's work is informed and guided by the Living Environment Strategy 2007-2012, supported by a research evidence base.

During the review of the Community Strategy, the Living Environment Partnership evaluated its objectives and made certain changes to a number of them to better reflect the Partnership's ongoing priorities.

* Partners
Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board, British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), Business in the Community, Cadw, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW), Charter Housing Association, Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), Environment Agency (EA) Wales, Farmers Union of Wales (FUW), Foretry Commission Wales, GAVO, Groundwork Caerphilly, Gwent Police, Gwent Wildlife Trust, Keep Wales Tidy, National Farmers Union (NFU), Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, Sustrans Cymru, United Welsh Housing Association, Wales and West Housing Association, Welsh Assembly Government, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA).


Objectives and Achievements

Objective 1
Encourage the development and maintenance of high quality, well designed and efficient, sustainable homes and environments that can meet all needs

Objective 2
Promote a culture of community self-help, cohesion and citizenship and involvement in decision making

Since updated - To develop community pride and to increase active community participation in delivering real improvements to the living environment

Objective 3
Improve community safety and quality of life by reducing crime, nuisance behaviour and the fear of crime

Since updated - To reduce anti-social behaviour, environmental crime and the fear of crime, and to improve community safety, by tackling those community safety and environmental issues that affect people's quality of life

Objective 4
Increase awareness of opportunities for safe access to the countryside and open spaces

Objective 5
Ensure the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, including the quality of air and river/watercourses, flood prevention, landscape and biodiversity, and our built heritage

Since updated to - Ensure the protection and, where appropriate, enhancement of the natural environment, including the quality of air, rivers and watercourses, flood prevention, landscape and biodiversity, and our historic environment

Objective 6
Encourage the improvement of town and village centres as a focus for community pride, with accessible services and activities for all.

This objective was transferred to the regeneration partnership because of significant overlap with work areas.

There is now a new objective 6 - To reduce the consumption of natural resources, to minimise the production of waste, and to optimise water efficiency within the county borough.

Objective 7
Develop and promote local and accessible community based services and activities for all

The wording of this objective was merged with that of the original objective 6, and thereafter transferred to the regeneration partnership, thus this original objective 6 was lost.

There is now a new Objective 7 - To mitigate the effects of climate change through improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases within the county borough, whilst taking steps to adapt to the local effects of climate change.

Priorities for next four years

A more streamlined, efficient Living Environment Partnership making progress against the Community Strategy objectives and breaking ground on key issues.

To establish a more formal, rationalised system of communication with the Partners to share resource, information and best practice in order to produce a more efficient and effective Partnership.

To be working co-operatively with the other thematic partnerships and cross-cutting themes in order to combine resource and expertise and to foster a joined-up approach to solving shared problems in the community / local environment.