Neighbourhood plans were introduced by the Localism Act. It enables communities to draw up a plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say (within certain limits) in the development of their local area.
Neighbourhood plans are led by authorised community organisations, a neighbourhood forum. In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations (2012), community groups intending to take up neighbourhood planning will first need to apply to the Council for neighbourhood area/forum designation.
The Council designated the Highams Park Neighbourhood Area / Forum on 15 July 2014.
The Highams Park Planning Group (as the designated Neighbourhood Forum) is the relevant body preparing the neighbourhood plan for the Highams Park area.
The designation lasts for five years and the Highams Park Planning Group applied in April 2019 to the Council to be formally re-designated as the statutory Neighbourhood Forum for Highams Park.
Re-designation will enable the community-led Forum to continue to prepare statutory neighbourhood planning proposals for the geographical area set out in their application.
If the Council agrees to re-designate the Forum, no other organisation or body can be designated to prepare a plan for any part of the area until the designation has expired or been withdrawn.
The Council can withdraw the designation if it considers that the Group is no longer meeting the conditions by reference to which it was designated.
What happens when?
An application for the re-designation of the Highams Park Planning Group was submitted to the Council on Sunday 7 April 2019.
Public consultation on the redesignation took place from Monday 29 April 2019 until Monday 10 June 2019.
After considering the consultation responses received the Council renewed the HPPG’s designation as the neighbourhood planning body at Cabinet on Monday 8 July.
The relevant consultation documents are;
- Map showing boundary of the area covered by the Highams Park Planning Group
- Constitution of the Highams Park Planning Group
The application documents are available to view at:
- Reception, Magistrates Building, 2 Farnan Avenue, Walthamstow, E17 4NX
- Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park, E4 9QD
You can make your views known by:
2 Farnan Avenue
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