Planning Seminar: Neighbourhood Plans And Community Engagement: Getting The Best Out Of The Process

Neighbourhood Plans and Community Engagement  - 12 February 2015

Welcome And Opening Remarks

Chair: Stephen Morgan, Barrister, Landmark Chambers


Local Authorities And Neighbourhood Plans: How To Fulfil The Duty To Support – Case-Study: Norland Neighbourhood Plan

Our speaker will share the experience of her local authority in supporting a conservation society to become a Neighbourhood Forum and bring forward a successful neighbourhood plan. Lessons will be learnt on the following:

• The support the Neighbourhood Forum required from the local authority in order to take the plan to examination and referendum
• Problems experienced along the way
• How the neighbourhood plan is performing since it was created

Jo Hammond, Neighbourhood Planning Team Leader, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea


The Engagement Of Local Communities In The Process – Case-Study: Cringleford Neighbourhood Plan

This session will give you the opportunity to hear directly from a local community and their experience of neighbourhood plan preparation. It will provide practical advice and useful tips for both local authorities and communities.

• What are local communities’ ways and techniques in approaching engagement?
• What are the main challenges that local communities face during the process? How can they be overcome?
• How we worked together with community groups and the local authority to successfully draw up a neighbourhood development plan

Pr Malcolm Wagstaff, Professor Emeritus University of Southampton; Member of Cringleford Parish Council; Chairman of the Cringleford Neighbourhood Development Plan Team


Networking Break & Refreshments


Expert Advice: How To Ensure A Neighbourhood Plan Passes Referendum and Gets Adopted

Focusing on the legal landscape of neighbourhood planning, this session will tackle the main policy challenges arising when putting together a neighbourhood plan. The following topics will be covered:

• How to ensure that a neighbourhood plan meets the housing need of an area

• Successfully putting together an evidence base for a neighbourhood plan

• How to avoid a legal challenge. What are the recurring pitfalls?

• What can a neighbourhood plan include? How to manage the expectations of the local community in terms of policies that can go into the neighbourhood plan and those that can’t

Followed By: An Examiner’s Point of View With A Particular Emphasis On The Making Of Modifications

Tim Jones, Barrister FCIarb, No 5 Chambers


Panel Discussion
What A Neighbourhood Plan Can Deliver Beyond An Existing Strategic Planning Framework

Our distinguished panellists will discuss what a neighbourhood development plan can deliver above and beyond an existing policy framework, while assessing the value and benefit of the process.

The following topics will be addressed:

• What difference can neighbourhood planning make
• The main issues encountered when progressing a neighbourhood plan
• What can a neighbourhood plan actually do? How to assess whether this is the correct tool to respond to the aspirations of a local community
• What value can a neighbourhood plan add to the existing strategic policies that are in a council’s local plan?
• What difficulties are there in preparing a neighbourhood plan when there is no up-to-date local plan in place? What lessons are there for neighbourhood planning groups when there is no adopted local plan?
• What demands may be placed on communities once they have delivered a neighbourhood plan?

Josef Ransley, Councillor, Kirdford Parish Council
Maria Dunn, Senior Forward Planning Officer, Wyre Forest District Council
Miranda Pearce, Team leader, Decentralisation and Neighbourhood Planning Team, Department for Communities and Local Government


Chair's Closing Remarks


Close Of Practical Seminar

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