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London Voices on Neighbourhood Planning

Posted on 29 June 2012

Written by:

Hannah Gibbs

Last Saturday 23rd June London Civic Forum held an event in collaboration with Just Space bringing civic groups together to share their experiences of Neighbourhood Planning so far.

The Glass-House was there to speak about the experiences we have had with groups working on Neighbourhood Plans over the last year and to explain the support we can offer.

There were plenty of common difficulties facing groups in forming Neighbourhood Forums or progressing plans. Interestingly, many of these chime with the initial concerns voiced at an event I attended back in January. Key concerns are:

These groups felt strongly that further guidance was needed to allow them to progress such as:

This event highlighted to me just how much uncertainty remains about the future of Neighbourhood Planning. Many of the groups are progressing brilliantly: groups who have the full support of their local councillors and Local Authorities seem to be the ones making the most headway; but it has not been easy and there is still a long way to go. While The Glass-House believes the open process and lack of guidance represents an opportunity to be creative and for communities to truly shape their places it is clear that more support is necessary to achieve real progress with Neighbourhood Plans.