South East Neighbourhood Planning Roadshow
Yesterday, around 90 representatives from 50 communities
across Kent, Sussex and Surrey came together at the 2nd of 10 national Neighbourhood Planning Roadshow events to hear more about the process and learn how it could benefit them.
The over-subscribed event was jointly co-ordinated by Action in rural Sussex, CPRE Sussex, Action with Communities in Rural Kent and CPRE Kent with assistance from the County Association’s of Local Councils. This is part of a national Neighbourhood Planning Mobilisation programme currently being delivered by the Department for Communities and Local Government in partnership with ACRE and CPRE.
The event commenced with a short video address from Brandon Lewis the Minister of State for Housing and Planning setting out the importance of Neighbourhood Planning and the government’s commitment to its delivery.
Speakers included Miriam Levin the Mobilisation Manager for Community Rights and Neighbourhood Planning at DCLG who set out the national context for Neighbourhood Planning and the support that was on offer to deliver it. This was followed by Claire Tester, the Head of Economic Promotion & Planning at Mid Sussex District Council who provided an overview of the linkages between local authorities and communities in developing and delivering Neighbourhood Plans.
After a networking interval and lunch, delegates then heard from 2 communities that had completed their Neighbourhood Plans. The Chair of the Nuthurst Neighbourhood Plan steering group Cllr Owen Hydes and the Chair of the Ferring Neighbourhood Plan steering group Cllr Carole Robertson provided an insight into the trials and tribulations of the process, but emphasised the value that Neighbourhood Plans had brought to their communities.
Jim Boot, a community planner, trainer and facilitator who provided an insight into various aspects of the community planning process and what these mean in practice. The final presenter was Carl Adams from Action with Communities in Rural Kent who provided an overview of the need for inclusive engagement techniques in all forms of community planning, but especially Neighbourhood Plans.
A Question and Answer session involving all of the day’s speakers concluded the event and this sought to clarify elements from the various presentations, together with some broader questions about the concept as well as about the practicalities of their delivery.
Copies of the Presentations:
Miriam Levin – DCLG – NPs The View from Government
DCLG NP Roadshow Event 9.3.16 – FINAL Attendee List