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Two more communities get greater say over local planning
Release date: Wed, 13/02/2013
Communities in the Lawrence Weston and Old Market areas of the city are to have a greater influence over planning decisions in their area.
The two have been designated Neighbourhood Planning Areas, joining Lockleaze and Redcliffe Way which were part of the Government’s pilot scheme.
Community groups in these areas are now invited to apply to be designated as a Neighbourhood Planning Forum for each area.
Once approved by the council, the designated forums will be able to work on the production of a Neighbourhood Development Plan for their area.
Through a Neighbourhood Development Plan designated communities are able to:
- Set out where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built
- Influence developers on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided
The right of local communities to have a greater say in neighbourhood planning was introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011.
One of the aims of the Old Market group is to have a say on changes to the road system to ensure it better serves the sustainability of the area.
It is hoped that this may also release potential development sites such as the area around Lawrence Hill roundabout and the Clarence Road and Bond Street roundabout. Another key aim is to reconnect the Old Market with Castle Park.
The aims of Lawrence Weston group include:
- Providing an open, accountable, community-led organisation to lead the social, economic and environmental regeneration of the area
- Informing, engaging and empowering the participation of local people and groups in the regeneration of Lawrence Weston
- Encouraging and supporting partnership working of the local community, businesses, service providers and other community and voluntary groups
Councillor Guy Poultney, Cabinet Member for Homes, Planning and Regeneration, said: “Thriving communities are vital to the success of the city and giving residents, businesses and other stakeholders a greater influence in the design of their neighbourhoods is crucial to strengthening their vitality.
“Neighbourhood Partnerships already give all our communities real influence on many of the services in their neighbourhood such as street cleaning, parks maintenance and street lighting. The introduction of neighbourhood planning gives Bristol’s residents the opportunity to plan the future of their area.”
Councillor Gus Hoyt, Cabinet Member for the Environment, Communities and Equalities, said: " I have been involved with groups in Old Market who passionately wish to bring their community up to the high standard they deserve. There are many dedicated and visionary members of their forum and I wish them all the very best."
An organisation which wants to apply for a Neighbourhood Planning Area (or in the future wants to be the Neighbourhood Planning Forum for a NP area):
- Must have at least 21 people who live in or work in the neighbourhood area concerned, or are the elected Council Members for the area
- Be set up to promote or improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area that has been designated
- Be open to any others who wish to join the organisation at any time who live or work in the area
For more information visit Bristol City Council website at http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/planning-and-building-regulations/neighbourhood-planning-bristol