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An introduction to Planning Aid as a way of achieving community goals, from Richard Hammersley

An introduction to Planning Aid as a way of achieving community goals, from Richard Hammersley

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    • Getting Involved in Planning Decisions Engaging with the Town Planning Process
    • Getting Involved in Planning Decisions
      • Why should people be involved in planning decision-making?
      • 3 good reasons :
      • - enhancing democracy and empowering people
      • - using the planning system to achieve community objectives and projects, enabling the Big Society to function properly
      • - using local knowledge to improve what actually happens.
    • Getting Involved in Planning Decisions
      • What gets in the way of community involvement?
        • lack of awareness of what can be done to respond to issues.
        • lack of awareness of ways to face up to private developers and public bureaucrats.
        • lack of resources to access appropriate expertise.
    • Getting Involved in Planning Decisions
      • Communities need a little help in overcoming the barriers to involvement.
      • For the Big Society to work, communities need to access expertise.
      • For town planning expertise, there is Planning Aid .
    • What is Planning Aid?
      • A service providing free, independent and professional advice on town planning issues to community groups and individuals who cannot afford professional fees.
      • A national service of the Royal Town Planning Institute, delivered regionally.
      • Funded partly by CLG and partly from donations.
    • How do we do it?
      • A small core of paid staff with volunteers who provide advice and support through:
        • explaining procedures and policies
        • helping write letters and statements
        • helping communities develop their own ideas
        • assisting in facilitating community/local planning authority participation events
        • educational projects with young and old
        • offering training to community groups.
    • Getting Involved in Planning Decisions
      • What sorts of planning decisions are there?
        • Policies : the basis and guidelines for making decisions about individual projects – mostly found in national “ Policy Statements ” and local “ Development Plans/ Frameworks ” (including ‘Core Strategies’ and ‘Supplementary Planning Documents’)
        • Permissions : granting or refusing applications to carry out a project, plus all the negotiations leading up that decision (“ Development Management ”).
    • Influencing Planning Decisions: Policies
      • Reasons for wanting to influence decisions relating to Development Plans :
        • Decisions on individual planning applications should ‘conform’ to Development Plan policies
        • if a Development Plan says “ yes ”, then it is difficult for a Planning Authority to say “ no ”
      • Objecting to a Planning Application may be TOO LATE!
    • Influencing Planning Decisions: Policies
      • A further reason :
        • Development Plan processes are also a mechanism for committing the Council (and other public agencies) to address issues , such as new roads, housing renewal, environmental improvements – and can pave the way to, say, a Development Trust project.
      • A Development Plan policy is a major step towards seeing things happen!
    • Influencing Planning Decisions: Planning Applications
      • Reasons for wanting to influence decisions relating to Development Management :
        • Oppose proposals in principle as being in the wrong place and/or at the wrong time.
        • Amend proposals in design and detail.
      • Enabling opportunities for improvements to your community and environment.
    • Influencing Planning Decisions: Planning Applications
      • Using development to enable (finance) new local infrastructure – physical and social:
        • roads/traffic management, flood barriers …
        • schools, clinics, community centres …
        • open space, leisure centres, nature conservation …
        • affordable housing.
      • Mechanisms: s106 Agreements, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
    • Influencing Planning Decisions: Making A Case
      • Make your comments as clear and concise as you can, focusing on your particular objection/ idea, but referring to the wider context.
      • Be prepared to find evidence to back up your arguments – do your own research: egs
        • affordable housing: find out how many potential households there are (Housing Department)
        • protect an area of open space: find out if there is a local deficiency (NPFA/Sport England)
        • and guidance from Planning Aid!