When Neighbourhood Planning was introduced under The Localism Act 2011 it was considered an unprecedented shift of planning powers from central government to local communities. Enshrined in National Planning Policy Framework, Neighbourhood Plans set out the type and scale of development needed to help a community achieve the right mix of housing, employment opportunities and services. With around 100 Neighbourhood Plans brought into force, and more coming through the system, some would argue it has been a slow process. The government remains committed to neighbourhood planning and the recent Housing and Planning Bill recognises the need to speed up the process with more powers handed to the Secretary of State to require local authorities to designate their areas if they meet the prescribed criteria.
Starting with an overview of the policy context from DCLG, this Kent Design conference will take a close look at the progress and current state of neighbourhood plans across Kent & Medway.
What is the relationship of Neighbourhood Plans to Local Plans in the County? How are Neighbourhood Plans viewed by parish councils and local planning authorities and will they help or hinder the delivery of growth? Are Neighbourhood Plans sufficiently routed in an understanding of their place and are they clear about expectations for the distribution and quality of future development? Do local communities have the tools to understand the character of their settlements and to plan effectively for quality of place by establishing clear design principles? Have developers and land owners been actively involved? How can the process be speeded up?
This half day seminar brings together government, parish councils, local authorities, planners, urban designers and developers to share knowledge, discuss challenges and opportunities, hear and agree how we can work together to increase the effectiveness of Neighbourhood Plans.
This conference is free for Kent Design members within their membership package allocation. Kent Desing members can book places by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kent Design brings together the people that will shape Kent and Medway, helping to accommodate change and growth through the delivery of high quality architecture, public space and infrastructure. Improving the quality of life for both visitors and residents. Kent Design is for everyone involved in the built environment, providing a unique platform for collaboration. Building on the successful Kent Design Initiative and Kent Design Guide, it is a forum for professionals, politicians and the public to discuss and debate the key issues in planning, design and development.