TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK
Neighbourhood planning has reached the milestone of 25 made plans since our last Bulletin. Succesful referendums have seen plans passed in:
- Grove Park (91% for, 16% turnout)
- Soho (Resident 91% for, 16% turnout; Business 87% for, 43% turnout)
- Fitzrovia West (Resident 79% for, 10% turnout; Business 89% for, 39% turnout)
- Queen's Park (91% for, 9% turnout)
Queen's Park is London's first (and only) neighbourhood plan to be prepared other than by a neighbourhood forum following the creation of Queen's Park Community Council in 2012 with the same powers as a parish council.
Neighbourhood plans have also been submitted and await Examination for Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park and Pimlico.
Congratulations to all involved.
More challenging have been set backs in the renewal of neighbourhood forums for:
- Mill Hill - The neighbourhood forum has lapsed after Barnet Council refused to renew it in 2019 and efforts to designate a "new" Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum faltered
- Deptford - Lewisham Council has refused to renew Deptford Neighbourhood Action's five year term despite it having a ready to go plan (benefitting from c£100,000 funding through the Government's programme), support for its planning policies from local authoritiy officers and extensive evidence of wide public engagement
is also experiencing challenges. It is the first plan ever to have a split vote at referendum with residents voting in favour (54% for, 13% turnout) and businesses against (80% against, 67% turnout). This leaves Tower Hamlets with the final decision. Some of the campaigning tactics used to object to the plan have been more than controversial with claims they do not comply with electoral law (see this Twitter thread