November 24, 2018

It is reassuring to know, as a volunteer neighbourhood planner, that we are part of a national success story and that we are pioneering better planning for London.  In some boroughs it may not seem like this.  So many planning forums have struggled in London, but the r...

Reaction to publication of the new draft has been mixed.  Commentators have pointed out that a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and the accompanying consultation on ‘Supporting Housing Delivery’ are unlikely to change the business model of the volume...

January 1, 2018

The planning system has a reputation for being baffling and broken. Neighbourhood planning is changing that, by giving  residents a voice and role in shaping their area. Often coming with experience from outside of the planning system, residents can come up with some c...

When a neighbourhood forum submits a designation application for a neighbourhood area, what are the expectations for the outcome?   Recent decisions by two planning authorities in London have opened up new questions on the grounds for ‘refusing’ such an application or...

March 11, 2017

At the Neighbourhood Planners London conference it was clear that Neighbourhood Planning is maturing into a strong movement, delivering real improvements to places. Examples like the proposal for a town square in Kentish Town, or the policy of focusing on principal res...

February 5, 2017

Placecheck is a method of taking the first steps in deciding how to improve an area. It is being used successfully in the early stages of neighbourhood planning.

Most other ways of taking the first steps need to be led by someone experienced in a particular method. A Pl...

December 18, 2016

Last November I had the pleasure of speaking at an Urban Design London 'Working with Communities' event.  My slot focused on neighbourhood planning and asked why progress on this in London has perhaps lagged behind that in other part of the country.  This is not to say...

The St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Plan passed its referendum on February 25th with 92% support on a 23% turnout, and will very shortly be 'made' by Kensington and Chelsea Council.

Only a handful of neighbourhood plans in London have yet made it to the finishing...

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