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Neighbourhood planning - learning from the pioneers


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Neighbourhood planning - learning from the pioneers

  1. 1. Neighbourhood Planning “Learning from the Pioneers”
  2. 2. Webinar Structure. • Introduction • Community rights and Locality programmes • Why bother? • 10 things you need to know • The pioneers – case studies • Common issues • Further information
  3. 3. Are you writing a Neighbourhood plan. Yes No Thinking about it.
  4. 4. Our work Community Rights Community Organisers Our Place Programme Asset Transfer Campaigns Member support
  5. 5. New Community Rights BUILD BID CHALLENGE
  6. 6. Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme £10.5 million over two years online applications reopened on 25th Feb 2014 direct support available for designating your area and forum collecting evidence, community engagement and writing the plan taking the plan to examination and referendum grants of up to £7,000 Learning programmes planning camps, events, knowledge hub, etc.
  7. 7. Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme 570 groups on the programme 256 Direct Support 385 Grant 16% forums 84% Parish and Town Councils
  8. 8. Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme £3,185,000 given in grants £1,070,000 left in grant pot Programme for Direct Support limited, reopens 1st of each month
  9. 9. Find out more…
  10. 10. Why Bother? Why should we plan places? Why do we need a planning system?
  11. 11. Why do we need planning? • Consider external impacts of development • Allow local communities to have their say • Allow Government to specify social, economic & environmental priorities • Mechanism for mediating interests • Protect natural & built heritage • Ensure adequate infrastructure is provided • Create certainty and investor confidence.
  12. 12. Why get involved? • community-led – written by or under the control of the community • more influence – part of the statutory development plan • more relevant – focused on the neighbourhood needs • create a dialogue – between organisations, departments and partners • allocate sites – develop criteria and choose sites for development.
  13. 13. Elephant & Walworth To create grass root level change Allow our voice to be heard on issues that will shape the area. We know our neighbourhood better than anyone else The idea of influencing change where we live Neighbourhood planning could be the conduit for through which good practice is shared. We want to focus on establishing green links in our community The Neighbourhood forum creates links across our community.
  14. 14. Any questions ?
  15. 15. things you need to know about neighbourhood planning
  16. 16. Planning reform- 7000 – 600 March 2014 Thing 1
  17. 17. Levels of planning old new National Regional Local Planning Policy Statements, etc Regional Spatial Strategy Local Development Framework National Local Neighbourhood National planning policy framework Local Plan Neighbourhood Plan
  18. 18. It’s about development and land use Thing 2 What the planners will say… But wait a minute… just ˆ
  19. 19. It’s about development and land use live work play shop school eat drink park travel
  20. 20. One of three elements… Neighbourhood Development Plans Neighbourhood Development Orders Community Right to Build Orders Thing 3
  21. 21. They are not a way of stopping growth Thing 4 Must comply with: • European Directives/legislation • National Legislation (Planning & Other) • National Planning Policy • Local Strategy Policy - so can help inform, direct and shape development but not stop it
  22. 22. They are subject to a local referendum Thing 5 (or possibly 10) • completed plans are referred to a local vote • plans with more than 50% YES vote are ‘made’ • can include voters from a greater area than that of the plan and businesses where appropriate • 50% of those who vote – not those who live or work in the area
  23. 23. They are subject to a local referendum Thing 5 (or possibly 10) Upper Eden – 33% / 90% YES Exeter St James – 21% / 92% YES Thame – 40% / 76% YES Tattenhall - 52% / 96% YES Woodcote - 59% / 91% YES 65%General Election 2010 15%PCC Elections 2012
  24. 24. They are led by Town or Parish Council or Neighbourhood Forum Thing 6 Town or Parish Council • ideally supported by a steering group Neighbourhood Forum • minimum 21 people • 5 year shelf life • reflect diversity and character of area • include residents, workers, a councillor or
  25. 25. The area has to approved by the Local Planning Authority Thing 7 Parish/Town Councils administrative boundary Options: • All of area • Part of area • Link with adjacent parishes Neighbourhood Forums no predetermined boundary Options: • Ward boundary • Other predefined area • New area
  26. 26. They need to engage the community Thing 8 (or possibly 1)
  27. 27. They need to be based on evidence Thing 9 Demographic – who lives here? current and trends Socio-economic – who works? where? & at what? Environmental issues – flooding, air quality Designations - heritage, landscape, wildlife Transport – services, capacity, usage Infrastructure – capacity, fitness for purpose, need Housing stock - type, tenure, condition, need Land uses – potential development sites
  28. 28. They are submitted for examination Thing 10 What to submit: •a map or statement identifying the area •the consultation statement •the basic conditions statement • the neighbourhood plan
  29. 29. They are submitted for examination Thing 10 Checks that it meets the basic conditions: • Conformity with EU and UK law • Conformity with the NPPF and strategic local policy • Contributes to sustainable development Recommends: • Whether it’s put to referendum • Who is included in the vote
  30. 30. Recap: 10 things 12 3 45 678 910 Part of Localism Development & Use One of three elements Not to stop growth Local referendum Led by Town, Parish or Forum Area & Forum approved by LPA Engage the community Based on evidence Submitted for inspection
  31. 31. Any questions ?
  32. 32. The Pioneers
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  34. 34. Why? Ensure our community grows Remains vibrant and develops opportunities. We want to encourage development - we want them to have better space standards and energy efficiency than standard builds To protect our independent nature, encourage tourism and enable business start ups. Top Tips............. Framed Consultation To die for issues Roadmap Don’t get distracted. Work with the Local Authority. Wirksworth
  35. 35. Highgate Neighbourhood Forum Top Tips. • Involve the local council from the outset. • Bring as many local organisations on board from the outset. • Don’t be happy with the ‘usual suspects’ • Remember it’s not just the forums plan – Wider community. • Play to people’s strengths. • Be nice!
  36. 36. Common Issues for Groups Lack of understanding about what a Neighbourhood Plan can do Over ambitious plans/Neighbourhood Planning Fatigue Lack of an up to date local Plan Fear of Failure
  37. 37. Common Issues for Groups Groups not understanding what is meant by ‘Evidence’ Groups undermining housing figures/attempting to block housing growth Relationships with Local Authorities Forum Vs Parish Concern about costs
  38. 38. The Knowledge Hub & Forum
  39. 39. Resources Available My Community Rights Community Knowledge Hub DCLG Notes on Neighbourhood Planning on-neighbourhood-planning RTPI/PAE on-line resources and newsletter ‘Upfront’ explained/online-resources/
  40. 40. Resources Available Social Media Twitter: #neighbourhoodplanning Linkedin NP group: 3741603/about Pinterest: DCLG online interactive map:
  41. 41. Any questions ?
  42. 42. Find out more… Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap
  43. 43. More webinars coming up