A cutting quote on the Co-op Council from Lambeth Council Leader Lib Peck, p.12 of the PDF of the ACE Brixton Bugle [it's a little fiddly - PDF, not the Co-op Council...]
"You start off with a political vision which is about working with the local community, and sometimes that translates into something that's not as dynamic as you hoped."
Chicken or the egg?
Starting off with the political vision is wrong. Especially when it is an overtly Political decision with a capital P.
You work with the local community, and then see what policies come out of this.
Bottom up #localgov policy... localism (without a capital L.)