Book your place to find out about the Community Planning and Involvement toolkit and Ward Explorer neighbourhood profiling tool designed to help communities make better places to live. Meet other citizens, community groups, councillors, local businesses and public services determined to make sure Every Place Matters in the city. Take the hands-on opportunity to try out the toolkit and neighbourhood profiling tool.
You may have heard of neighbourhood planning? It is a way that communities in England can make a local plan which has to be taken into account when the council looks at proposals for development in the area. It was one of the rights given to communities by the Localism Act in 2011.
Birmingham communities have been leading local planning since before the Localism Act. We found that neighbourhood planning works best when it goes hand-in-hand with wider community planning and involvement. So the Community Planning and Involvement toolkit puts together information about neighbourhood planning (to do with how local land will be developed) with tools and tactics for wider community planning and community involvement. That includes how a place is served, managed and promoted and how different communities who live in a place get on, as well as how people want to see it develop in future. Ward Explorer provides a way to collect and record the facts and opinions that communities will need to undertake neighbourhood planning or wider community planning.
The Community Planning and Involvement Toolkit and Ward Explorer have been developed in Birmingham by Birmingham City Council working collaboratively with Chamberlain Forum, Moseley Community Development Trust, Balsall Heath Forum, the Accord Group and Locality - the network for enterprising community-led organisations. The work has been funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The event takes place at STIRCHLEY BATHS – the award-winning community hub, a restored Edwardian Swimming baths - 2-4 Bournville Lane B30 2JT Tel:- 0121 464 9072 www.stirchleybaths.org
On Thursday 17 November between 2pm – 5pm. It is free to attend, but places are limited and subject to confirmation.