In the Governments agenda for Localism, changes to the planning system are expected to give communities greater power and ownership over policies and plans that affect their local area by allowing people to develop their own local plans. This has been termed 'Neighbourhood Planning'.
Through providing independent support and facilitation to two very different neighbourhood's we hope to learn how neighbourhood planning can work in the borough. We aim to develop a Camden Blueprint by the end of December 2011, and share the learning with other communities and with borough planners. From September you will find updates on this website, in Voluntary Matters and in VAC's weekly email bulletins.
The first project began in response to interest generated by our Localism seminar in March. We started to explore how neighbourhood planning could work in Camden and began working with the Bloomsbury Association and Bury Place residents in June to develop a planning project in Bloomsbury.
Shortly afterwards we were approached to facilitate a Neighbourhood Planning event in Somers Town. We hosted the first event on Friday 30 September.
You can find out all about each project by clicking on the links below.
If you would like to find out more about what we are finding out from our work with neighbourhood planning and the Camden Blueprint projects, please contact Donna Turnbull
Approached by the London Planning & Development Forum in September, our volunteer community planner, Michael Parkes was asked to write a series of blogs about the Bloomsbury Village Plan and Camden Blueprint Project for the Forum's Journal: Planning in London
The first installment has already been published and can be downloaded below. All subsequent blogs will be uploaded on the website once they are published.
Note: The author of this blog was accidentally printed as 'Jim Murray' in the October- December edition of Planning in London and should have read 'Michael Parkes'. A correction will be printed in the next edition.
If you are interested in neighbourhood planning and want to find out more, have a look at our 'neighbourhood planning resources section'. Here you can find simple guides and FAQ's as well as more detailed consultation documents and government publications.
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