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No. 4   December 2016
As 2016 draws to a close we can look forward to a bumper year of neighbourhood planning in London. Over 100 communities have already taken steps towards using their planning powers and we are sure to see many more plans come to fruition in 2017. This Bulletin invites your feedback on the draft of a second Neighbourhood Planners.London research report as well as providing updates, news and details of our latest blog.
Draft research report - We have researched the way London's Local Plans address neighbourhood planning in a new draft report. This shows how some London boroughs have embraced this addition to the development plan while others have simply ignored it. There are recommendations for the Mayor, DCLG and others. Please read the draft and feed your comments back by the end of January.
Making progress - Read the new blog by Jon Herbert on our website. This draws on Jon's wide neighbourhood planning experience to address questions about the speed of neighbourhood planning's spread across the capital and the challenge of defining neighbourhood areas, along with some helpful tips and advice.
Natural Neighbourhoods - Gathering an evidence base for neighbourhood areas which don't follow ward boundaries can be a tricky business. Hats off to the LGA's Natural Neighbourhoods team for digitising every neighbourhood area so you can download instant reports. Find out more here.
Progress update - Over 100 London communities are now neighbourhood planning. The first business neighbourhood is going to Examination in Central Ealing. Ickenham's Forum & Area have just been approved and two Boroughs have their first Forums with North Kingston applying in Kingston and Tooting Bec & Broadway in Wandsworth. Find more on our definitive MAP.
From St Ives to London? - Policies in the St Ives neighbourhood plan to require new homes to be "principal residences" have been supported in the High Court (see here and here). The impact of second homes and the number of vacant properties is a regular issue raised in London so who will be the first to introduce a St Ives style policy in the capital?
London Plan - A new London Plan is on its way. Mayor Khan has already invited views on his A City for all Londoners with more accessible versions provided by Just Space. A full consultation draft is due in the autumn which we will scrutinise for the role it identifies for neighbourhood planning. 
Next event - We are still planning a major conference for early 2017 and are looking for affordable (including free!) venues which can cater for around 140 and around 70 people for different events. Do let us know if you have one in your neighbourhood.

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