The Localism Act 2011 introduced new powers for communities to work together, to further the social, economic and environmental well-being of everybody in the area. A Neighbourhood Forum with 21 community representatives can develop a Neighbourhood Plan which influences the way things are done in the area. It has statutory status and must be taken into account by the Council.
Being part of your local Neighbourhood Planning Forum (NPF) gives you the chance to get involved in a process that will help to shape your neighbourhood.
Who sould be involved?
All are welcome. A broad cross-section of people should get involved, both to represent the diversity of our neighbourhood and to amass a wide range of skills and experience.
You don’t need experience in planning. You could have expertise in working with people from different age groups and backgrounds; be active in improving the local environment, reducing crime or organising social groups; be a small business owner, local artist, retired or unemployed; have a skill, such as accounting; or have experience of chairing meetings, community organising, or funding applications.
To join the Forum you must live or work in the boundaries of the Forum or represent the area, as a Councillor for example. At this point, we envisage you need to commit a couple of hours a month of your time.
The process offers a number of additional advantages. It will enable you to:
- work alongside a diverse group of local people to influence local plans
- learn about new planning processes and policy that could affect you
- get the chance to provide a voice for groups or organisations you may represent, and
- get to know people in your area
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