When: Saturday 30th June, 2012
Where: Poolbridge Meeting Rooms, Poolbridge Road, Blackford, Nr Wedmore, BS28 4PB
General Registration from 13:30
General Start at 14.00
Finish at 16.00
I am writing to invite you to a briefing session on the powers available to communities in relation to Neighbourhood Planning, followed by a Question & Answer session.
Richard Kemp, an experienced Councillor and member of the Local Government Association with wide expertise on the new Localism Act and the opportunities it presents, will lead the discussions.
No subject attracts more interest locally than that of planning and development. From the large number of conversations, letters and emails I have, it is evident that local residents have views about how their own communities might develop to meet the challenges of, for example, finding locations for new and affordable housing, ways of saving and producing energy and the provision of local services – whilst preserving what is unique and attractive about their village, town or city. The new Localism Act enables individuals and groups to participate in the Neighbourhood Planning process and to inform and direct the District Council’s development plans for our future.
I know that in several Parishes, the process of creating or updating the Neighbourhood Plan has started; in other places, individuals are taking the initiative and starting their own community groups to create or change a Neighbourhood Plan. I have been asked about the process many times, which is the reason for organising this briefing session. This event is open to all local parish, town and city councillors in the area, and to individuals with an interest in community planning.
If you would be interested in attending, please email your rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org . Numbers are limited, so places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you have no access to email, please call my office on 01934 710748.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday 30th June.
Tessa Munt MP