The idea of giving local people more influence over their local environment was established under the Localism Act 2011. Local communities are now able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their neighbourhood, putting in place a vision and policies for the future development of the area.
A Neighbourhood plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. A neighbourhood plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It may also deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport).
A Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.
A Neighbourhood Plan must comply with European and national legislation and must have appropriate regard to national policy and be in general conformity with Barnet’s Local Plan and the London Plan.
Neighbourhood Plans do have real legal force!
Your Neighbourhood Forum: “Not just another talking shop!”
Your Neighbourhood Plan, like hundreds of others across England, will be led by an authorised, independent and open, local community organisation, which is formally constituted as a Neighbourhood Forum. This means your community representatives will write the plan themselves in close co-operation with the Council’s planning team. The Neighbourhood Plan will carry more weight as a consideration in future planning decisions, effectively giving the local community more influence and control, over the development of their area.
The Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum applied to be formally designated as a Neighbourhood Forum in accordance with Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012.
The London Borough of Barnet are reviewing our applications for Area and Forum designation. Please see their website at the link below.