Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 | 0 comments

To ensure that the Forum is properly set up and that both the Forum and the Neighbourhood Plan it produces are representative of its local community, the legislation lays out a process that must be followed.

A Roadmap for the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan can be found here .

So far KNPF have completed a number of the required steps. We have:-

  • Created an Organising Group of interested stakeholders
  • Established a Steering Group with Terms of Reference and elected Officers
  • Obtained modest funding for communication expenses and support from a specialised consultant
  • Defined the proposed boundaries of the Neighbourhood
  • Consulted locally to confirm support for these boundaries
  • Applied to the relevant Local Authorities (LAs) to become formally “designated” as a Neighbourhood Forum.

We were designated by both Brent and Camden Councils in autumn 2016.

 

 

Now we have to go to the next stage. We need to:-

  • Seek the views of local residents, workers, businesses etc on planning issues, objectives and potential action strategies
  • Prepare a draft Plan, consult widely and finalise the Plan document for review by Camden and Brent Councils and an independent examiner
  • Camden and Brent Councils approve the Plan and they hold a local Referendum to validate it.
  • If we achieve all that, the Plan becomes a legally binding document!

 

If you want to learn more about how Neighbourhood Forums and Neighbourhood Plans work, click here for a plain-English summary of the 2011 Localism Act, or here for the Localism Act in full.

A new round of funding and support for Neighbourhood Forums has just been announced – for four years up to 2022. For details go to My Community/Locality here.

 

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