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No. 27  June 2020
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Neighbourhood Planners.London is going virtual with our first online gathering on June 24th. This will run from 6-7.30pm. Join us for an update on the neighbourhood planning scene in the capital and to contribute to the debate. There will be opportunities to ask questions.

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Highams Park Plan made - Congratulations to Highams Park on being the 17th made neighbourhood plan in London. This follows a 95.7% vote in favour on 5th March based on a 22% turnout. Over 2,200 people voted. The neighbourhood area was designated in 2014 and is in Waltham Forest. It is the most north easterly area in London. 
New guidance on planning with Covid-19 - New Planning Practice Guidance on neighbourhood planning during Covid-19 has been issued by MHCLG. Key items are (1) postponement of referendums till 6 May 2021, (2) plans agreed to go to referendum carry the same weight as if they had passed one and (3) "it is not mandatory that engagement is undertaken using face-to-face methods. However, to demonstrate that all groups in the community have been sufficiently engaged, such as with those without internet access, more targeted methods may be needed including by telephone or in writing."
Boost to Government grants - The basic grant available under the Government's neighbourhood planning support programme has been increased to £10,000 from £9,000. This reflects additional costs as a result of Covid-19 such as for virtual meetings and extra postage and printing.
New forum and area knocked back by Hammersmith & Fulham  - Proposals for a new neighbourhood forum and area for Avonmore, Brook Green and Addison were controversially turned down by Hammersmith & Fulham in May. It is claimed that members were not drawn from across the area or "representative". Without a forum it was decided not to designate an area despite it being a legal requirement for an area to be designated. The decision is being challenged.  
Examination green light for Isle of Dogs & Camley Street - Two more neighbourhood plans for Camley Street and Isle of Dogs have passed examination. For Isle of Dogs it was at the second time of asking. The plans contain substantial and innovative policies, including on business uses, meeting infrastructure needs and 3D modelling. Isle of Dogs is a beneficiary of the Covid-19 changes that mean the plan carries the same weight as the Local Plan even before referendum. The referendums are expected to be held on 6 May 2021.
Greater Carpenters set back at Examination - The much awaited Examination of the Greater Carpenters neighbourhood plan has seen policies for refurbishment and infill rather than demolition of a major estate struck out. The Examiner has also controversially introduced new development principles which don't match those of the neighbourhood forum.
FitzWest Plan out for consultation by Westminster - The Fitzrovia West neighbourhood plan has been submitted and in an extended period is being consulted on by Westminster City Council till 4 August. The 12 policy Plan covers an area of central London between Oxford Street and Euston Road. FitzWest is a business neighbourhood.
MAP and LIST - View the latest Neighbourhood Planning MAP and LIST with all the recent updates, including the latest made plan for Highams Park. Check your own area and let us know if anything has changed.

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