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Neighbourhood Planning - The National Picture

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Jennie McGrath
Department for Communities and Local Government

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Neighbourhood Planning - The National Picture

  1. 1. 1 Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Planning Roadshow 17th March 2016 Jennie McGrath Support Programme Contract Manager, Neighbourhood Planning Department for Communities and Local Government Neighbourhood Planning: The national picture
  2. 2. “I love Wells but I am concerned about its future. I feel detached from the political process and the neighbourhood plan gives me a chance to have a say.” John Chettoe, Wells Neighbourhood Plan #neighbourhoodplanningMake a plan. Make a difference.
  3. 3. “Planning has tended to exclude, rather than to include, people and communities Planning policy itself has become so elaborate and forbidding – the preserve of specialists, rather than people in communities We are allowing people and communities back into planning” Rt Hon Greg Clark MP National Planning Policy Framework (2012) #neighbourhoodplanningMake a plan. Make a difference.
  4. 4. The Power of Neighbourhood Planning Neighbourhood planning policies can cover a broad spectrum of issues: • Choose where new housing should go and what it should look like • Encourage new employment uses • Protect and enhance the High Street • Decide how community infrastructure levy money is spent • Protect and enhance green spaces • Define and secure local heritage #neighbourhoodplanningMake a plan. Make a difference.
  5. 5. The POWER to make planning policy or grant planning permission Neighbourhood Plan Local development plan Neighbourhood Planning means: Local Plan #neighbourhoodplanningMake a plan. Make a difference.
  6. 6. A growing movement January 2013
  7. 7. A growing movement April 2013
  8. 8. A growing movement March 2014
  9. 9. A growing movement February 2016
  10. 10. “We have spent a year engaging with residents in a whole range of ways, everything from attending school parents’ evenings, to translating the information into Polish. We wanted everyone to have an input” Cllr Matthew Brown, cabinet member for community engagement, Preston on Fishwick & St Matthews
  11. 11. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Exminster InnerEastPreston Worth EdithWeston Rustington Tattenhall&District StEval UpperEden CerneValley Kingston Strumpshaw Acle Norland Uppingham Anslow BroughtonAstley Malmesbury ChaddesleyCorbett Arundel Ferring WoburnSands EastPreston LyntonandLynmouth MarshGibbon Winslow Angmering Billesdon Cuckfield Hurstpierpoint Sprowston Littlehampton HeathfieldPark Tettenhall StJames Ascot,Sunninghilland… Yapton Madeley Bembridge Felpham Kirdford Bersted MuchWenlock Winsford Cringleford Barnham&Eastergate Woodcote Thame Number of policies per plan passed referendum Size doesn’t matter
  12. 12. • In the small coastal village of Lympstone: £6,389 • In the large village of Broughton Astley: £14,312 • In the Exeter ward of St James: £10,450 • In the deprived urban area of Heathfield Park: £19,500 • In the coastal towns of Lynton & Lynmouth: £27,681 • In the small Norfolk village of Strumpshaw: £4,220 Average: £13,758 Cost
  13. 13. • Catalyst to engagement - In Exeter St James, the neighbourhood forum has formed a Community Trust to manage aspirational projects identified within its plan. It has already renovated a communal garden space, and intends to work next on allotments and sustainable homes. • Changing attitudes - In Woodcote, the neighbourhood plan helped turn local attitude towards development around from 70% against to 90% in favour, because the community now felt in control of potential development, rather than at its mercy. • Catalyst to further work – In Uppingham, the community is now working on a Town Centre and Business Zone Plan to enhance and shape economic development of the town. • Improving relations – the process of making a neighbourhood planning brings communities together and also improves their working relationship with local authorities. What happens next?
  14. 14. To simplify and speed up the neighbourhood planning system, to support communities that seek to meet local housing and other development needs through neighbourhood planning. Consultation open NOW http://ow.ly/YJRZn Housing and Planning Bill 2015 #neighbourhoodplanningMake a plan. Make a difference.
  15. 15. £22.5million, 3 year programme of grants for communities preparing a neighbourhood plan. • All groups can apply for up to £9,000 • Groups in ‘priority areas’ further £6,000 plus direct support Resources for communities
  16. 16. Neighbourhood Planning Champions http://bit.ly/1gVcMbg
  17. 17. Neighbourhood Planning mobilisation Aim: To raise awareness and take up of neighbourhood planning Methods: • 10 NP Roadshows delivered by CPRE / ACRE. • Refreshed Neighbourhood Planning Champions Network • Capacity building programme for community organisations in deprived areas • Joint Cabinet Office project working with Community Organisers in deprived areas • National promotional campaign… #neighbourhoodplanningMake a plan. Make a difference.
  18. 18. National promotional campaign National promotional campaign • Tackles the fundamental issue that people don’t take up NP because they don’t know about it • Targets 75 Local Authorities across England • Channels include: local papers, radio, online advertising, bus stop posters and billboards • Launches May 23rd #neighbourhoodplanningMake a plan. Make a difference.
  19. 19. National promotional campaign #neighbourhoodplanningMake a plan. Make a difference.
  20. 20. Locality www.mycommunity.org.uk decentralisation@communities.gsi.gov.uk Planning Guidance planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk #neighbourhoodplanningMake a plan. Make a difference.

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