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No. 26  March 2020
Long awaited London Assembly Planning Committee report gives strongest backing yet for neighbourhood planning in the capital
The London Assembly has published its review of neighbourhood planning following evidence given by Neighbourhood Planners.London and representatives of six neighbourhood forums last year. It backs the recommendations of our research on the role of neighbourhood planning in reaching all parts of the capital and calls on the Mayor to "state whether he supports neighbourhood planning as the primary means of capturing community views and enabling communities to shape growth in their areas." 
The Mayor is also asked to publish an annual report, take action on neighbourhood planning deserts and bring neighbourhood planning volunteers together in a symposium among the report's twenty recommendations. Central Government is asked to restore the automatic right for neighbourhood forums to access additional grant support and London boroughs are asked to align their community infrastructure levy spending with priorities in neighbourhood plans.

The next Mayoralty is asked to report on delivery of the recommendations.

The press release can be read here and the full report can be read here.
Green Belt "under renewed threat" - CPRE London has published a review of Local Plan intentions for London's Green Belt. This identifies "major threats to Green Belt in five London Boroughs and big concerns over rising threats in four others", including Hounslow, Kingston, Croydon and Enfield. The report can be read here
MAP and LIST - The latest Neighbourhood Planning MAP and LIST for London is a way of seeing how neighbourhood planning is spreading across the capital. You can also use it to contact other forums to get advice. The map show what stage different neighbourhood forums have reached and also identifies business neighbourhoods. There continues to be interest in setting up new forums.
New free online mapping tool - Participatr has produced a "new open and free-to-use resource for communities, neighbourhood planning groups, local government and developers to map, share, invite feedback and build support for built environment initiatives." See if it might work for you here.

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