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Inner North West Area Committee. Neighbourhood Planning Community Meeting Tuesday 16 th April 2013. Inner North West Leeds. Area Committee Planning Sub Group Area Management Team and Community Planner City Development. Community Capacity. Over 40 well established community groups

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Inner north west area committee

Inner North West Area Committee

Neighbourhood Planning Community Meeting

Tuesday 16th April 2013


Inner north west leeds

Inner North West Leeds

  • Area Committee

  • Planning Sub Group

  • Area Management Team and Community Planner

  • City Development


Community capacity

Community Capacity

  • Over 40 well established community groups

  • Local Action Groups

  • Third Sector

  • Students and Universities

  • Business


Issues identified

Issues Identified

  • Housing Mix

  • Economy and Business

  • Community Infrastructure

  • Built Environment

  • Greenspace and Leisure

  • Conservation and Heritage

  • Transport and Parking

  • New development


How can planning intervene

How can planning intervene?

  • A plan-led system

  • Shaping new development

  • Protecting the historic, natural and built environment

  • Enforcement

  • Working with local communities


Work undertaken so far

Work undertaken so far

  • Neighbourhood Design Statements

  • Aspirational Documents and Action Plans

  • Other Initiatives


What is a neighbourhood plan

What is a neighbourhood plan?

A neighbourhood plan is a COMMUNITY PREPARED development plan (although it can cover non-development issues) that, once adopted, will be part of the statutory Local Plan for the city.

It is a statutory development plan that is prepared by the local community (a Neighbourhood Forum) for a specified area (a Neighbourhood Area). This is a new right that local communities have, introduced by the Localism Act 2011.


A neighbourhood plan could

A Neighbourhood Plan could:

  • Decide where new development takes place

  • Decide what new development should look like

  • Include (in theory) any issue that is important for the sustainability of the neighbourhood

  • The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want


A neighbourhood plan must

A Neighbourhood Plan must:

  • Conform with local and national planning policy

  • Promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of the neighbourhood

  • Not conflict with equality and human rights legislation

  • Be subject to Independent Examination

  • Achieve more than 50% YES vote at Referendum


5 steps to an adopted neighbourhood plan in a non parished area

5 steps to an adopted neighbourhood plan in a non-parished area…

  • Designation of Neighbourhood Area

  • Designation of Neighbourhood Forum

    3. Preparation of Neighbourhood Plan

    4. Examination

    5. Referendum


1 designation of neighbourhood area

1. Designation of Neighbourhood Area


A neighbourhood area boundary must

A Neighbourhood Area boundary must:

  • Follow physical features on the ground (roads, railway lines etc)

  • Be appropriate, logical and consistent

  • Make sense to local people (think referendum…)

  • Be supported and designated by the Council


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2. Designation of a Neighbourhood Forum


A neighbourhood forum must

A Neighbourhood Forum must:

  • Be made up of at least 21 people who live, work and carry out business in the neighbourhood area

  • Have a membership that is open to all

  • Promote the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the neighbourhood area

  • Be supported and designated by the Council


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3. Preparation of Neighbourhood Plan

4. Examination

5. Referendum


Issues for inner north west neighbourhoods

Issues for Inner North West Neighbourhoods

  • Is a Neighbourhood Plan right for you?

  • Is there the local interest?

  • What would you want a Neighbourhood Plan to do?


Lessons learned so far in leeds

Lessons learned so far in Leeds…

  • Work closely with the Council on the boundary and membership of the forum early on

  • Set up a steering group/task groups

    3. Agree a draft Vision before starting work on the plan

    4. ‘Take stock’ workshop

    5. Don’t copy what others have done


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  • 6. Make particular effort to involve local Councillors, business, young people and tenants

  • 7. Provide evidence and consider options from the start

  • 8.Do a local skills audit

  • Consider sponsorship and fundraising

  • Be positive!


Over to you

Over to you…

  • Do you want a Neighbourhood Plan?

  • Is there one area (or more?) that could pilot a neighbourhood plan in Inner North West?

  • Are there local volunteers for a steering group?


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