Through the Localism Act changes to the planning system give communities greater power to influence policies and plans that affect their local area. A Neighbourhood Plan can become part of the Local Planning Framework and guide new development.
In July 2011 VAC began work with two very different Camden communities in Bloomsbury and Somers Town to explore the neighbourhood planning process.
Since then we have continued to provide independent support and facilitation to these projects. The journey has resulted in valuable insights, and the development of tools and knowledge to share with other groups who want to set up Neighbourhood Forums or develop Neighbourhood Plans. Neighbourhood projects also enable VAC to develop evidence to help civil society groups influence policy and instigate change. Our early neighbourhood planning experiences are documented in the Camden Blueprint Report.
You can also access our archives on the early stages of our neighbourhood planning project in Bloomsbury.
For further information please email Donna Turnbull or call on 0207 284 6567.