Last Updated on October 29, 2019 by Kingston Society

19th June 2019

Developing a shared vision on future development

Neighbourhood planning is a vital part of the Government’s plans to help local communities play a much stronger role in the shaping of their area.

For the first time, local people can create a plan that allows them to work with the council to develop planning policies that reflect the priorities of their area and have real legal weight. The whole community then decides at a referendum vote whether the local authority should bring the plan into force.

Nearly 2,000 communities in England have already begun neighbourhood planning and you could now join the North Kingston Neigbourhood Forum.

Neighbourhood Planning was originally introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and is a right which communities in England can choose to use.  By establishing a Neighbourhood Forum of people elected from the local area,  Neighbourhood Planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for the future development of their neighbourhood in ways that meet identified local need and makes sense to the people that live and work there.

Diane talked about the take up locally in Kingston, regionally in London and nationally in England, allowing more than 700 communities with made plans the opportunity to take back control over community development.

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