Neighbourhood Planning. Introduction. There will be a greater emphasis on engagement between boroughs and communities in two key areas: - Neighbourhood planning and the production of local plans - Community involvement in planning applications. The engagement process.
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There will be a greater emphasis on engagement between boroughs and communities in two key areas:
- Neighbourhood planning and the production of local plans
- Community involvement in planning applications
The Localism Bill allows the community to define itself and approach their borough as a ‘Neighbourhood Forum’.
The local authority would recognise legitimate forums and agree a boundary for the neighbourhood. In some cases the borough may also initiate engagement, where no groups come forward.
It is important that the community groups involved in a process are as representative as possible of the end users of any initiative, and cover a wide range of interests and viewpoints.
Understanding the make-up of a neighbourhood
Existing neighbourhood organisation
Inherent neighbourhood organisation
Using the internet and local newspapers
Timescales of urban change
Cultural and ethnic groups
Most of the following points should be agreed:
- The policy context and scale of plan-making
- An understanding of funding and time constraints of the plan-making or building project to ensure realistic expectations.
- The purpose of engagement - a commitment to take ideas seriously.
- A commitment to continuity and engagement from all parties
- The process of engagement appropriate to the context and community desires.
- Timetable and responsibilities
Editing a document
Prioritising issues options and actions
Video / audio soapbox
Going on a Walk
Storytelling / Poetry / Theatre
Building and Using Models
Representing Street Elevations
Interactive display or maps
4.1 Finding out what people think about proposals
4.2 Finding out what people think about places
4.3 Community design events
Exhibition event with scheme display
Neighbourhood / Street Audit
Future search conference
Public Ideas competition
Live public design competition
Planning for Real
Design assistance team
University urban design studio
Architecture Centres Network / Community design and technical aid centres
Neighbourhood planning office
Publication or formal exhibition
The process may continue in the following ways:
- Further consultation and planning events
- Further refinement of a scheme design or spatial policy
- The application of a Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO), to establish parameters for acceptable development which will not need planning permission.
- The adoption of a Neighbourhood Plan as part of the Local Development Framework (LDF)
- Through planning applications
- Securing project implementation funding
Local design statement