UpFront Video: The value of technical support in developing a neighbourhood plan
In this video Harry Burchill, RTPI Policy Officer (England), speaks to Martin Fitton from Kington Area Neighbourhood Plan about the positive impact of technical support in the development of the neighbourhood plan. Kington have received two technical support packages - housing advice and assessment and neighbourhood design codes. Details of how to apply for technical support and eligibility criteria can be found at http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/neighbourhood-planning/. Technical support is provided by http://mycommunity.org.uk in partnership with http://www.aecom.com. For further information about Kington Area Neighbourhood Plan see: http://kingtonareaplan.org.uk/ Background image: Richie Cotterill
Implementing a neighbourhood plan post-referendum
In this video John Romanski, Manager at Planning Aid England, discusses neighbourhood plan implementation with Graeme Markland, Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Officer at Thame Town Council.
UpFront video: How to deliver housing through a neighbourhood plan
In this video RTPI Policy Officer (England) Harry Burchill interviews Dr Geoff Botting, Vice Chair of Woodcote Parish Council, about how Woodcote has been able to deliver housing through its neighbourhood plan.
Integrating good design into neighbourhood planning
In this month’s UpFront video Harry Burchill, Planning Policy Officer (England) at the Royal Town Planning Institute(RTPI), Esther Kurland, Director at Urban Design London, and Eileen Thomas, Chair of the RTPI Urban Design Network, discuss the role of design in neighbourhood planning.
Up Front Podcast: Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders
In this month’s video Dave Chapman, Director of Triformis Ltd and expert in community-led development, and Janvrin Edbrooke, Neighbourhood Plan Lead for Clyst Honiton, discuss Neighbourhood Development Orders (NDOs), including Community Right to Build Orders (CRtBOs). Their discussion covers what a NDO is, the process through which an NDO is prepared and the benefits of using an NDO. It also addresses the differences between NDOs and CRtBOs, stakeholders involved in the process, and the support available for groups preparing an NDO.
The Neighbourhood Planning Champions Network
The February UpFront podcast features Neighbourhood Planning Champions Sarah O'Driscoll, Service Manager Strategic City Planning, Bristol City Council, and Maggy Meade-King, founder of Highgate Neighbourhood Forum. Sarah and Maggy discuss the Neighbourhood Planning Champions Network, their role as Champions, and how communities can access this network for support with the neighbourhood plan development process.
Technical Support for Neighbourhood Planning
In this month's video we speak to Stuart Woodin, Technical Director for Neighbourhood Planning and Engagement at AECOM and his colleague Micaela Benson, Assistant Consultant, Stakeholder Engagement Services. Stuart and Micaela discuss the free technical support available from AECOM for neighbourhood planning groups, including who is eligible and the types of support packages available.
The Neighbourhood Plan Examination
Chair of the Fortune Green and West Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum James Earl talks to John Parmiter, the Independent Examiner who examined their neighbourhood plan. James and John discuss the examination process from each of their perspectives and provide useful tips for any groups about to embark upon the examination of their neighbourhood plan including what to expect at a Hearing, if one is called.
Up Front podcast: Working with consultants to develop your neighbourhood plan
John Romanski (Senior Planning Advisor, Planning Aid England) talks to Alex Munro from Maroon Planning about working with consultants to develop your neighbourhood plan. Alex provides advice on how a planning consultant can assist, how to appoint a consultant and top tips to make the process as smooth as possible.
Resources for neighbourhood planning: putting the pieces together
John Romanski (Senior Planning Advisor, Planning Aid England) introduces a suite of resources to assist those developing a neighbourhood plan. The 'resources for neighbourhood planning: putting the pieces together' suite provide practical tips and advice on various stages of the neighbourhood plan process from designating the neighbourhood area to submitting the plan for examination. The resources can be accessed here: http://www.ourneighbourhoodplanning.org.uk/resources/documents/29.
Project planning for your neighbourhood plan
John Knight (Planning Aid England volunteer who has been supporting neighbourhood planning groups) talks to Carol Latham (Planning Aid England) about the importance of project planning. Find out about what types of project plans groups are using, what makes a good project manager and how to use and monitor a plan once you've put one in place.
Resourcing your neighbourhood plan
Rebecca Collins (East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee member) speaks to Adam Brown (Planning Aid England) about resourcing the East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Plan. The video looks at the skills people can bring, how to maintain their involvement and how to source free or low cost support. It also discusses costing and budgeting for your neighbourhood plan.
Working with your local planning authority
Steve Barker from the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) talks to John Romanski (Planning Aid England) about the role of the local planning authority and how neighbourhood planning groups can work effectively with their local planning authority. Tips and advice on keeping in contact, building up a strong relationship and understanding what the local planning authority can and can't do.
Working with landowners and developers
Eleanor Gingell talks to Stella Scrivener (Planning Aid England) about the role of developers and landowners in neighbourhood planning. What are their roles and how can you engage with them? Tips and advice based on experience from the front line - and a few pitfalls to avoid too.
Developing your vision and objectives
Angela Koch, from ImaginePlaces, talks to Kat Salter (Planning Aid England) about how to go about developing the vision and objectives for your neighbourhood plan. Topics include what makes a good vision, fitting your vision, objectives and policies together, and how to run a visioning day.
Developing a robust evidence base
Ian Metherell, from the Marsh Gibbon Neighbourhood Planning group, talks to Kat Salter (Planning Aid England) about how to go about collecting evidence for your neighbourhood plan policies. Topics include what is evidence - and what isn't - and how the group gathered the evidence they needed.
How to assess design and character in your neighbourhood plan
Darren Carroll (Planning Aid England) talks to colleague Kat Salter about how to do a design and character assessment as part of your neighbourhood plan. They discuss common themes and issues raised by neighbourhood planning groups, how the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out what design policy can and can't do, and how to reinforce local distinctiveness through your neighbourhood plan. They also talk through how to do a character assessment: what it is, why you might produce one, how to use the information it produces and what the benefits are. This is backed up by real life examples from neighbourhood planning groups.
Writing planning policies
Planning Aid England's Chris Anderson talks to Helen Williams, Policy Planner at Hartlepool Borough Council, about writing planning policies. Starting off with some general tips and advice about how to approach policy writing for the first time, they then discuss how to structure your policy and what makes an effective policy.
How planning applications are determined
Luke Perkins, Team Leader at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, talks to Kat Salter (Planning Aid England) about how planning applications are determined. He explains the role of a development management officer and how decisions are made. They also discuss the importance of clear and concise wording in neighbourhood planning policies.
Structuring your neighbourhood plan
Sue Rowlands, Director, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design Ltd, talks to Darren Carroll (Planning Aid England) about structuring your neighbourhood plan. They discuss why it's so important to have a clear, easy to understand structure, and what approaches you might take.
Austrey Neighbourhood Plan
The Austrey Neighbourhood Plan group have made this video as part of their neighbourhood planning activity - an introduction to Austrey!
Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan - part two
Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan - the importance of the neighbourhood plan for Great Dunmow (part two) This video was made by Great Dunmow Town Council and introduces the topics and policy areas the Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan will cover. The video is also available on their website, http://www.dunmowneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/.
Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan - part one
Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan - the importance of the neighbourhood plan for Great Dunmow (part one) This video was made by Great Dunmow Town Council and introduces the reasons why they are producing the Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan. The video is also available on their website, http://www.dunmowneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/.
Inner East Preston Neighbourhood Plan
Jennifer Carthy from Preston City Council and Cllr Roy Leeming talk to Chat City on Preston FM about the Inner East Preston Neighbourhood Plan. They give an overview of the area, the plan and what it aims to achieve. The interview concludes by looking forward to the plan's referendum.
Local Voices support the Elephant and Walworth Neighbourhood Forum
Fabien Cante has uploaded this great video of local people talking about their neighbourhood forum, the benefits of getting involved, their wish to influence what happens in their area and more...
Learning from the Slaugham Neighbourhood Plan: interview with Ann Skippers, Independent Examiner
Ann Skippers, independent examiner for the Slaugham neighbourhood plan, talks about why the plan did not meet the basic conditions and so did not pass examination. Ann explains the three main reasons why the plan didn't meet the basic conditions, picks out key learning points and offers advice for other neighbourhood planning groups.
Neighbourhood Plan Examinations: part 8 - common themes
This is the eighth part of our interview with Nigel McGurk, independent examiner. While only a few plans have so far been examined the numbers will grow. Nigel reflects on some of the neighbourhood plans that have been examined so far and also talks about the opportunities for benefits to come back to communities, for example through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
Neighbourhood Plan Examinations: part 7 - after the examination
This is the seventh part of our interview with Nigel McGurk, independent examiner. In this part Nigel explains what options the examiner has and how he/she decides whether a plan should proceed to referendum. He also talks about when a group will get the examiner’s report and what to do if it recommends changes to the plan.
Neighbourhood Plan Examinations: part 6 - the examination
This is the sixth part of our interview with Nigel McGurk, independent examiner. This part covers the different types of examination (written representations and hearings), what’s involved and who decides which option will be used. Nigel also discusses how the examination is organised and the kind of questions the examiner might ask if it's a hearing.
Neighbourhood Plan Examinations: part 5 - submitting your plan (EU)
This is the fifth part of our interview with Nigel McGurk, independent examiner. What does the examiner do once he/she receives a draft plan? Nigel discusses EU rules, Human Rights legislation and what happens if there's no up to date local plan.
Neighbourhood Plan Examinations: part 4 - submitting your plan (conformity)
This is the fourth part of our interview with Nigel McGurk, independent examiner. What does the examiner do once he/she receives a draft plan? Nigel discusses the topics of conformity and sustainable development.
Neighbourhood Plan Examinations: part 3 - submitting your plan (basic conditions)
This is the third part of our interview with Nigel McGurk, independent examiner. What does the examiner do once he/she receives a draft plan? Nigel discusses the consultation statement and basic conditions statement.
Neighbourhood Plan Examinations: part 2 - preparation
Preparing for your neighbourhood plan to go to examination may feel a bit daunting. In the second part of our interview with Nigel McGurk, Neighbourhood Planning Examiner, he provides tips for structuring your plan and explains the need to show there's a clear vision and objectives. He talks about the importance of preparing your evidence base and showing the examiner how you've consulted with local people and taken their views into account.
Neighbourhood Plan Examinations: part 1- introduction
This is the first part of an interview with Nigel McGurk, Neighbourhood Planning Examiner. The interview explains who examiners are, what they do and how they are chosen. It also introduces the NPIERS panel, which is the Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Referral Service.
Our Place Our Plan Tettenhall & District Neighbourhood Plan video
Our Place Our Plan have produced a video setting out their ideas and encouraging views. It's been produced by the group working on the Neighbourhood Plan for Tettenhall, in the West Midlands.
Neighbourhood Planning in Malmesbury
Produced by Malmesbury School 6th Form students, this video looks at what the community aims to achieve through Neighbourhood Planning, and the work of the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (MNSG) so far.
Postcard from Grovehill
This Postcard features Mike Devlin, Chair - the Grovehill Future Project, and Claire Covington, from the Strategic Planning and Regeneration Team - Dacorum Borough Council. They discuss the experiences of Grovehill as it gets its Neighbourhood Plan underway, from the Grovehill Future Day at the end of 2011, through the formation of a steering group, design workshops, walkabouts, a school art competition and more.
Postcard from Great Dunmow
Gary Warren, from the Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, and Caroline Fuller, Great Dunmow Town Clerk, introduce their Neighbourhood Plan. Great Dunmow is a town of just under 9,000 people and is in Essex. The Neighbourhood Planning process is seen as essential to helping local people shape the town's growth. As well as describing the structures, links and groups established to help progress the Plan, they outline the community engagement carried out so far. This includes specific events with schools and a planned event with the local business community.
Postcard from Ardingly
Presentations from an RTPI/Planning Aid England event, featuring Claire Tester from Mid Sussex District Council and Sarah Chapman from the Ardingly Neighbourhood Plan group. Sarah describes the approach they took, the evidence base they gathered and how they engaged with the community.
Postcard from Wirksworth
Cllr Mike Ratcliffe, Chair, Wirksworth Town Council and Leader of the Neighbourhood Planning sub-group, discusses the progress of their plan so far. A key challenge is to engage with the widest number of people. However the group has found it helpful to have a project plan setting out what they need to do and a good working relationship with the local planning authority.
Postcard from Chapel-en-le-Frith
The Postcard from Chapel-en-le-Frith features Hugh Barton, Chair of Chapel Vision. Chapel-en-le-Frith is a rural parish in Derbyshire. Hugh explains how their model of a steering committee and working groups has helped them progress their Neighbourhood Plan, with each working group focusing on a specific topic such as housing, transport or employment. Chapel Vision is also working hard to keep the whole community involved and up-to-date with progress, using a variety of methods (e.g. website, face to face meetings and postal questionnaires).
Postcard from Much Wenlock
The Postcard from Much Wenlock features Mike Grace, Town Councillor and Chair of the Neighbourhood Planning Group in discussion with a PAE Volunteer. Mike explains how they got started, who's been involved and how the Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan is progressing.
Postcard from Fish Quay
The Postcard from Fish Quay features Geoff Gunton, Chairman of the Fish Quay Neighbourhood Plan, in discussion with a PAE Volunteer. Geoff talks about how it all started, what has been helpful and the challenges faced so far.
Postcard from Caistor
Postcard from Caistor features Helen Pitman, Town Clerk, and Oliver Lawrence, member of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, talking with Alyson Linnegar, PAE Volunteer. They explain how they are hoping the Neighbourhood Planning process will help "bring character back in" to the town, and discuss the main issues they are tackling, what has helped them get things going and what has been difficult.
Planning Aid England's John Romanski welcomes neighbourhood planning frontrunners to the new e-bulletin and website.