The Neighbourood Plan
The process of preparing a plan is intended to be fairly simple in many respects. It requires:
agreement that a plan is needed;
some evidence based facts and figures about the area to enable us to make informed proposals.
for the community to agree what the neighbourhood should be like – this needs to be debated and agreed at a wider community event;
a plan showing the sort of change and actions that might be necessary to move the neighbourhood from what it is now to what it could be in the future – this needs to be developed with wider community involvement and consulted on;
a list of priority projects which it is realistic for us to pursue – these need to be developed with wider community involvement and consulted on.
In May 2011 we leafleted the whole neighbourhood and held a community meeting at which it was agreed a plan was needed. At the meeting we asked people to express an interest in becoming involved and developed a list of members. If you would like to become a member please contact us!
Our next step involved compiling facts and figures about the area to ensure we have all the evidence we need to prepare a plan. We are completing this work in January. See Diary
In November 2011 we again leafleted the whole community to invite people to the Big Neighbourhood Drop-in to start to develop the plan in earnest! Keep an eye out for announcements on the website about the next community event.
A Neighbourhood Plan could have numerous benefits to St James:
- Increased 'sense of community' because of the collaborative neighbourhood planning process;
- Greater hope for the future and confidence that the social balance of the area will not continue to be be lost;
- Better planning, development and investment decisions which take into account the views of the community;
- It is likely to be possible to identify and seek to secure funding for projects which may be of benefit to the community, for example enhanced green space or new community facilities;
- The ability to identify community assets for enhancement and protection under the provisions of new planning law;
- More local jobs and opportunities arising from measures to support the St James economy;
- The ability to encourage services and development that are not currently met within St James;
- Improved relations and linkages between the community, planning authorities and our Associates;
Approved version of Neighbourhood Plan to go to referendum on 2 May and supporting documents CLICK
Helping Hand – If your area is thinking about developing a Neighbourhood Plan, find out how we went about setting up our Forum and the process involved in meeting the government’s criteria and procedures. CLICK
This is St James. See our map