Following VAC’s succesful neighbourhood planning project in Somers Town, the Holborn Community Association approached VAC for some advice on how to start the neighbourhood planning process in Holborn. Nahida Chowdhury, leading the project, talks to VAC about how they used VAC’s help to start involving their local community in the process.
“We’re trying to get people involved in the community and to raise awareness about neighbourhood planning. We’re talking to people about what they think of their area, about their problems with the area and how they feel they want to sort these out. We want to collect their ideas and think of an action going forward.
I was introduced to VAC by my line manager at Somers Town who knew about the Neighbourhood Plan they were doing in Somers Town. I didn’t know anything about neighbourhood planning! My first impression was I was shocked because it is a very big thing and it was very difficult for me to understand. The neighbourhood planning process is hard and explaining the concepts to people who have never heard of anything like this before is also hard. So VAC helped explain this to me: what it is all about and how I could go out and explain it to people and how to get them involved.
VAC shared with me a lot of information and gave me a check list about what a Neighbourhood Forum and a Community Council could do. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each one? So VAC’s support helped me to develop my project. I’ve listened to over 200 people in the area. We’re inviting them and others to hear about the project and find out what they would like to see.
Find out more about neighbourhood planning and how VAC can support you on our website.