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No. 31  February 2021
Delivering better design and more neighbourhood planning in London

Join our next "Virtual Gathering" on March 16th
Keynote preentation by Nicholas Boys Smith

Local communities are being put "at the heart" of plans to make new development more beautiful and better designed and a new "Office for Place" is being created. Planning policy is being rewritten to make "beauty" a headline objective of planning decisions and a National Model Design Code has been published.

What does this mean for neighbourhood planning in London? Find out more and share your views at our next Virtual Gathering on March 16th (5-7pm). 

Keynote presentation - Nicholas Boys-Smith, Create Streets & Chair, Transition Board, Interim Office for Place

The event will also include an update on neighbourhood planning in the capital and hear from neighbourhood forums with plans about to go to referendum. 

You can register free for the Virtual Gathering here or below.

Places are limited to the first 100 registrations. 
Strong Suburbs - A potentially influential report from the Policy Exchange puts the focus on community-led change in city suburbs, with neighbourhood planning playing an important role. It also gives some hints as to how the Government might deliver on the proposals for street-level neighbourhood planning set out in the Planning White Paper through "establishment of a street association with responsibility for public space improvements. This must satisfy the same requirements as a neighbourhood forum in terms of openness and representativeness."
Lee - Lee Forum is the latest neighbourhood forum to seek renewal of its five year term. We're aware of eleven forums that have lapsed for a variety of reasons and a growing number of succesful renewals.
Planning and public health - Public Health England has published substantial new guidance on how planning policies can be used to promote healthy living. It includes an outline supplementary planning document to support neighbourhood plans. There is guidance on both healthy environments (with a focus on food and issues like hot food take aways) and active environments (with a focus on travel, active design, green and growing spaces). A number of neighbourhood plans address these issues - see for example Sudbury Town's town centre policy TCU1 on take aways here
London Plan - It has taken a while but the new London Plan comes into force on 2 March. Neighbourhood plans must be "in general conformity with the strategic policies contained in the development plan" to meet the Basic Conditions and the London Plan is part of the development plan. Time will tell whether all its policies are to be considered strategic.
MAP and LIST - View the latest Neighbourhood Planning MAP and LIST with all the recent updates. Check your own area and let us know if anything has changed.

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