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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Norwood Forum chair Noshir Patel email@example.com 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.