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Thu 16 July 15

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NAG is cooperating (in particular with Norwood Forum) so as to create a "Norwood Neighbourhood Planning Forum" under the 2011 Localism Act.  We aim to enable Norwood people to shape Norwood's future using statutory planning powers.

It's your chance to help shape the neighbourhood rather than leave it to remote planners.  On left - what happens when developers and planners are left to themselves.

We are currently recruiting members for the planning forum, devising a constitution and holding discussions with Lambeth Council.  Agreements need to be reached on local funding from developers (known as Community Infrastructure Levy) and about formal council approval of such a planning forum.

After the formalities are completed the Neighbourhood Planning Forum will be convened to start the grass-roots process.

Click-on link at left to read the Introductory Notes to the meeting on 13th March 2014.

See 'Meeting Notes' web page for the subsequent Meeting Minutes .

Update - 2nd July 2014:  Localism Project Leader Graham Pycock attended the Locality Symposium (Locality is a national network for community led organisations) to tap into their accumulated knowledge and experience for the benefit of our embryonic group.

Graham's report is available via the link on the left.

Update - 27th October 2014:  Progress with creating a Neighbourhood Planning Forum is a bit closer with the area defined for probable acceptance by the council.  Matters are hoped to continue more quickly from here-on.

Update - 3rd December 2014:  In the autumn, a declaration of intent to set up a neighbourhood planning forum was submitted to Lambeth Council.   This was followed up in December by the production of a draft constitution for a 'Norwood Planning Assembly'.  This proposed a planning executive group accountable to a joint meeting of NAG and the Norwood Forum.  The joint meeting, open to all Norwood residents and stakeholders, would be the planning assembly.  The draft constitution is available through the link on the left.

Update - 23rd Jan 2015:  With agreement of both the NAG and Norwood Forum committees, a draft application was prepared for submission to Lambeth Council.  The council as the planning authority has to agree to the designation of the planning area and to the body to produce the local plan.  The draft application proposed that the area would be the three Norwood wards of Knights Hill, Thurlow Park and Gipsy Hill.  The body to produce the local plan would be the Norwood Planning Assembly (NPA).  This draft proposal was the basis of informal advice and discussions with Lambeth planning officers.  The Draft NPA Application is available via the link on the left.

Update - 1st Feb 2015:  A note setting out how the work of local planning would be organised into volunteer task groups was produced and a public presentation was given to the Norwood Forum on 4 February explaining progress to date.  Volunteers were sought as founder members of the NPA and possible conveners for task groups.  The note of the Proposed NPA Task Groups is available from the link.

Update - 12th March 2015:  Agreement between neighbouring planning forums over common interests such as shopping streets and junctions is obviously important.  The idea of 'cooperation zones' was developed and NPA identifies both Tulse Hill junction and the Upper Norwood shopping area as needing common policy.  At the request of Lambeth planning officers, this idea has been elaborated as a formal protocol.  See link to the left.

Update - 15th June 2015:  

Norwood Planning Assembly inaugural meeting: Monday 29th June, 7 to 9pm at the Salvation Army Hall, 246 Norwood Road, SE27 9AW  Agenda

Currently there are requests from Tulse Hill Forum, Herne Hill Forum and Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood Forum to amend the NPA boundaries.  All three groups are now keen on neighbourhood planning but they envisage bits of the Norwood wards coming into their respective planning boundaries.  This has stalled our application for designation by Lambeth Council.  We can in any case get moving with the NPA and commencing work on an eventual Norwood Plan.

Crucially this forthcoming meeting will launch the assembly and the meeting will be requested to approve the draft constitution.  Following this, it is intended to elect or approve the four Executive Committee members. 

Please email NAG chair Rob Andrew info@norwoodactiongroup.org or Norwood Forum chair Noshir Patel chair@norwoodforum.org if you wish to nominate yourself or someone else to one of the Executive roles

The meeting will conclude by dividing into the six task groups.  Some interest has been expressed by individuals in becoming a group convenor in their chosen policy area.  We shall be able to bring like-minded people together to start to carry out and manage the planning process.

Update - 24th June 15:  Helen Hayes, our new Member of Parliament is to address our meeting on Monday 29th June.  Helen's backgound is in town planning and architect practice, so this is very much her field in every respect.  7 to 9pm at the Salvation Army Hall, 246 Norwood Road, SE27 9AW 

Update - 30th June 15:  Yesterday evening, 42 gathered at Norwood Planning Assembly’s launch meeting to hear our new MP, Helen Hayes, pledge her support to neighbourhood planning.  This is an excellent pledge as before being voted as our MP, Helen trained and worked in town planning followed by being a partner in an architectural practice.  Combining this with her MP status means that Helen should be a terrific asset in trying to achieve the best for our community.  Full meeting report soon.

Update - 16th July 15:  A meeting summary and next steps are here.


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Norwood Action Group – 2nd revised constitution August 2013

NAME  The name of the association is the Norwood Action Group (NAG hereafter in this constitution).

OBJECTIVES  The objectives of NAG are to promote the regeneration of West Norwood and Tulse Hill whilst seeking to protect the character and historic assets of the area.  There shall be no party-political bias and will be equal opportunity in all matters. 

ADMINISTRATION  NAG and its assets will be managed in accordance with this constitution by the committee.


a)  Membership is open to those over the age of 18 who wish to further the objectives of NAG and have paid the annual subscription.

b)  Affiliation is open to any organisation which is interested in furthering NAG’s work, has paid an annual subscription and has been accepted by a majority vote of the committee.

c)  Each member, or affiliated organisation authorised sole representative, has 1 vote; no proxy votes permitted.

d)  Members will pay an annual subscription of £3 for individuals, affiliated organisations and businesses. This is intended to cover costs of hall hire, stationery, postage and similar. These rates are to be reviewed at each AGM.

e)  NAG will meet at least bi-monthly other than August at a venue agreed by the committee. Meetings will be open to non-members who are encouraged to join. Open meetings will normally be on the second Wednesday of each month.

f)  Public meetings on specific issues may be called by NAG or the committee.

g)  Meetings should be conducted with mutual respect otherwise the chair may require offenders to leave. Repeated or major disregard of this or of this constitution will result in action under 4. i) below.

h) Anyone wishing to speak may only do so through the chair. The chair’s rulings will be respected. As time is always limited, speakers should be brief and the chair may impose time limits.  The chair will try to ensure that everyone who wishes to speak can do so before others make further contributions.

i) The committee for express reason may by a majority vote terminate membership or affiliation, such party having the right to attend and speak prior to the vote.


a)  A committee will be elected from the membership, comprising chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer and membership secretary and up to 4 other active members who are willing to participate in campaigns.

b)  Committee meetings may be called by the chair or any 2 members of the committee at a time convenient to most committee members. 

c)  All members of the committee will retire at each annual general meeting but may be re-elected.  Vacancies during the year may be filled by election at open NAG meetings.

d)  The proceedings of the committee will not be invalidated by any vacancy among their number. 

e)  Committee members must act in the interests of NAG.

f)  A committee member will cease to hold office if he or she is absent from all meetings over a period of 3 months without good reason, or notifies their resignation to chair and secretary, or has their membership terminated by the committee under 4.i) above, or loses a vote of confidence at an open meeting.

g)  No committee member shall acquire any interest in assets belonging to NAG or receive remuneration or be involved in any contract entered into by NAG from which that member would benefit.

h)  Campaigning work of NAG may be carried out by sub-groups, drawing on the whole membership and other interested members of the community.  Sub-groups should report regularly to open or committee meetings.

i) The committee has powers to:

Raise funds and invite and receive contributions provided that in raising funds it shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activities and will conform to the law.

Affiliate or cooperate with voluntary bodies, charities or statutory bodies operating in furtherance of the objects of NAG.

Constitute such sub-groups as the committee thinks fit.

CONDUCT OF COMMITTEE  Whilst committee members may not always agree with one another, it is expected that committee members will not publicly undermine each other or NAG.

Communications on behalf of NAG must be approved by the chair or secretary, who should each approve any sent by the other. In the event of disagreement, the matter will be put to the committee.


Those attending will sign to record their presence at the meeting. 

Voting at committee meetings will be on the basis of 1 vote per committee member. In the event of a tie, the chair or acting chair will have a second (casting) vote.  No proxy votes will be admitted.  Voting at open meetings will be on the basis on 1 vote per member with a second (casting) vote going to the chair or acting chair.  No proxy votes will be admitted.  

The committee will consider proposals from open and public meetings.  Agenda items must be in writing (email preferred) to the secretary 2 weeks in advance of meetings.  The secretary will compile the agenda for the next open meeting and send to members by email at least a week in advance. The secretary will also draft brief minutes of

each meeting (for approval at the next meeting) and send to members by email normally within a week of that meeting.

The quorum at open meetings will be the higher of 7 or 10% of membership.  At committee meetings, the quorum will be 5 committee members.


All subscriptions, donations and any other income will be paid into an account or accounts operated by the committee in the name of Norwood Action Group at such bank as the committee shall from time to time decide. Where there has been or is to be more than one account, the opening or closing of such an account or accounts by the treasurer shall be as directed or authorised by the committee. All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by the treasurer and by 1 of 3 other committee members appointed by the committee or, in the absence or unavailability
of the treasurer, by 2 of the appointed members. 

The funds shall be applied only in furthering the objects of NAG and only with the specific approval of the committee or in accordance with a budget agreed by the committee.

The treasurer will prepare an annual statement of accounts for NAG’s annual general meeting.  The statement of accounts will be audited or independently examined.


Once a year the committee shall convene an annual general meeting to provide a report and accounts for the preceding year and elect officers and committee.

The secretary shall give at least 14 days’ notice of the AGM to all paid-up members of NAG. All members shall be entitled to attend and vote at the meeting. 

Nominations for election can be made at the meeting. If nominations exceed vacancies, election shall be by vote.


The committee may call a special general meeting of NAG at any time. If at least 10 members or 10% of the total paid-up membership, whichever is larger, request such a meeting in writing, stating the business to be considered, the secretary shall call such a meeting. At least 1 week’s notice must be given stating the business to be discussed.


chair: to chair open, committee and public meetings and to take a lead in coordinating the work of NAG.

vice-chair: to replace the chair in his or her absence or when requested by the chair.

secretary: to compile agendas and keep brief minutes of all meetings, conduct correspondence and ensure meetings are notified to the membership and venues booked (or delegate such work to other members). 

treasurer: to keep the accounts, maintain the bank account, prepare annual accounts for the annual general meeting, make payments and advise on spending.

membership secretary (could be combined with treasurer): to collect subscriptions, issue membership acknowledgements and maintain a database of members which can be used for emails.