Since April 2012, local communities have been able to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for their local area, putting in place planning policies for the future development and growth of the neighbourhood.
Once Maida Hill Neighbourhood Forum has been formally designated, the next step is to create a Neighbourhood Plan. The Neighbourhood Forum (local residents, workers, volunteers and businesses working together) will oversee the delivery of the Plan. Everyone who lives, works, studies, has a business or volunteers in Maida Hill can take part.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area.
A neighbourhood plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development.
It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage, open spaces and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues only. These may be issues that are relevant to the whole neighbourhood or just to part of the neighbourhood.
The local plan has to go through several stages of discussion and consultation with those who will be affected by it. It then has to be independently examined, and voted on in a local referendum. If supported by a majority of voters, it becomes part of the Council’s Local Development Plan for the area.
Neighbourhood Plans must have regard to national planning policy and the local development plan: The London Plan (2011) is the overall strategic plan for London.
If you would like to find out more, see the Quick Guide to Neighbourhood Plans produced by Locality. Also http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning
There are case studies showing how others have gone about producing a Neighbourhood (and Community) Plan e.g. “Lawrence Weston: a case study about neighbourhood planning and community engagement” http://www.ourneighbourhoodplanning.org.uk/case-studies/view/439
Some London Neighbourhood Forums already operating:
Dartmough Park: http://www.dpnf.org.uk
Kentish Town: http://ktnf.org/neighbourhood-planning-for-kentish-town
West Ealing: http://www.wecnf.org
West Hampstead: http://www.ndpwesthampstead.org.uk
Central Ealing: http://www.centralealingforum.com