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No. 1   May 2016
We're off! Welcome to the first Bulletin of the new Neighbourhood Planners.London network. The network exists to support neighbourhood planning in the capital and raise its profile.

Neighbourhood Planners.London stems from the Local London initiative in 2015 and the conclusions of the Local London survey. This identified a strong demand for more support and networking among neighbourhood planners and agreed on four priorities:

1.  Online resources providing information and examples
2.  A voice to Government and London-wide bodies (such as TfL and GLA)
3.  Networking events where neighbourhood planners can meet, share and learn from each other
4.  Simple website with details of London Neighbourhood Forums

We have been hard at work and exactly one year on from Local London 2015 we are pleased to announce:
  • the launch of a new Neighbourhood Planners.London website
  • an exciting new Neighbourhood Planners.London MAP and LIST which provide detailed boundaries for all the neighbourhood areas designated in London, information on the state of play across the capital and contact details for neighbourhood forums so you can contact other neighbourhood planners - check them out online
  • the next London Neighbourhood Planning Gathering on the evening of Wednesday 7th July
  • the Neighbourhood Planners.London BLOG - read the first one telling the story of the St Quintin and Woodlands Plan here
  • Neighbourhood Planners.London is now on twitter - follow us at
    @NPlannersLondon and use #neighbourhoodplanning
  • you can contact us via email at
  • this new Bulletin which will be sent to all who express an interest in Neighbourhood Planners.London - encourage people to sign up at the website
We hope you like what has been achieved so far and are looking for your feedback and support. What other information would be helpful? What have we missed or got wrong on the map? Would you like to provide a blog?

These are exciting times for neighbourhood planners - we have a new London Mayor, a Queen's Speech announcing legislation to "further strengthen neighbourhood planning and give even more power to local people" and a major month long publicity drive being launched by the Government on Monday to encourage people to get involved.  

We seek resources to support initiatives and rely on volunteers for our work. We hope you can support us and help realise the potential of neighbourhood planning across London.  

Tony Burton, Angela Koch, Ben Stephenson, Lily Woo, Henry Peterson
18.00 till late, Wednesday 7th July

Theme - Community Infrastructure Levy
Venue tbc
  • Meet neighbourhood planners from across London and beyond
  • Get the latest news and information about what's going on
  • Talk to the founders of Neighbourhood Planners.London
  • Help identify priorities for what we should be doing to strengthen neighbourhood planning in London
  • Influence the debate over who decides on the spending priorities from the Community Infrastructure Levy

The Neighbourhood Planning Gathering is free to attend and you can find out more from our website and on twitter.

The Gathering is organised by Angela Koch, ImaginePlaces #LNPlanningGathering

St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Plan - This is the latest plan to complete its course and is about to be "made". The plan covers a part of north Kensington and received a 92% approval rating at referendum in February.  Find out more here and read Henry Peterson's blog on lessons learned.
Kentish Town goes to a vote - The Kentish Town Neighbourhood Plan goes to a vote on 9 June. This is one of eleven neighbourhood areas in London Borough of Camden which, along with nearby Westminster, is one of the neighbourhood planning hotspots in London. When (not if!) it passes then Kentish Town will become the fifth neighbourhood plan to be completed in London. Who is next?

You can find out more about the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum here.
The Government launches a major publicity drive to attract more people to neighbourhood planning on Monday. There will be a lot of advertising and some parts of London will be a particular focus for the publicity.  Everyone will be steered towards a new neighbourhood planning microsite. Get a sneak preview here.
There are ELEVEN business neighbourhoods

SIX agreed neighbourhood areas cross borough boundaries

There are TWO neighbourhood planning enclaves - areas completely surrounded by agreed neighbourhood areas. Can you find them on the Neighbourhood Planners.London MAP?

NINETY FIVE different areas have engaged in neighbourhood planning

Only NINE Boroughs and the City haven't had any proposals for neighbourhood planning (so far) - can you name them?

Completed neighbourhood plans are in operation in THREE locations

TWO Development Corporations have neighbourhood forums underway

There are NINE recognised neighbourhood areas without a neighbourhood forum

FIFTY SEVEN neighbourhood forums have been approved

The next neighbourhood planning referendum is on NINTH June - in Kentish Town

Neighbourhood Planners.London exists to support neighbourhood planners in London and raise the profile of neighbourhood planning in the capital.  Support us by offering your time or making a donation.  You can find out more on our website, contact us by email or get involved on twitter using the links above.
This Bulletin is produced by Tony Burton on behalf of Neighbourhood Planners.London - we welcome feedback & please let us know of any errors

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