Getting Neighbourhood Planning

Off the Ground

A workshop on collaborative projects between researchers and local communities

Saturday 28th March 2015, 10:30 – 16:00

Upper Hall, East London Tabernacle

Burdett Road, Mile End, London, E3 4TU
Organised by the UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning and JustSpace

How to get there

Book a free place on Eventbrite here

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act in 2011 with the intention to devolve some plan-making powers to local communities. Neighbourhood plans, once adopted, become part of the statutory local plan and councils are required to assess if proposals for development meet the neighbourhood plan’s policies.

There are now 50 neighbourhood forums inGreater London writing their plans. But the preparation of a neighbourhood plan requires access to technical expertise, time and financial resources that are not always available to local communities.

These are especially needed in London where neighbourhoods are under intense pressure from new development and regeneration.

Organised by the UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning and JustSpace, this workshop event brings together the experience of six London’s neighbourhood forums and of the academic students and researchers who have worked with them to support their capacity to influence planning policy through the preparation of neighbourhood plans.

At this event you will hear from six London neighbourhood forums about their experience of commissioning research and planning support to UCL’s students and researchers. The event is organised around six thematic workshops, which focus on how to kick-start the preparation of neighbourhood plans and how to organise local knowledge on:
  • Understanding, enhancing and protecting local employment
  • Analysis of provision and deficiencies of local social services
  • Understanding housing policies, trends, needs, opportunities
  • Urban character, protecting heritage and open space
  • Mapping and designing green infrastructures and green routes
  • Designing and running a social and demographic survey of the neighbourhood
  • Identifying and registering community assets.
The participating neighbourhood forums and community groups are:


10:30 – 11:00 – Registration and coffee reception
11:00 – 11:30 – Welcome and introduction to the day (Elena Besussi, UCL; Ben Clifford, UCL; Tower Hamlets Council)
11:30 – 12:00 –George Moore, DCLG
12:00 – 13:00 – 3 Parallel Thematic Workshops on:
  1. local businesses and economy
  2. urban character and open space
  3. socio-demographic surveys.
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch


14:00 – 15:00 – 3 Parallel Thematic Workshops
  1. assets of community value
  2. green infrastructure and transport
  3. housing needs, targets & opportunities
15:00 – 15:30 – Summing up the workshops
15:30 – 16:00 – Concluding remarks (Richard Lee, Just Space)

About JustSpace

Just Space is a London-wide network of voluntary and community groups working together to influence planning policy at the regional, borough and neighbourhood levels. It grew from sharing information, research and resources on the Further Alterations to the London Plan in 2007. Just Space also work with The Bartlett School of Planning to facilitate research collaboration between community/activist groups and university staff and students. http://justspace.org.uk

About The Bartlett School of Planning

The Bartlett School of Planning is a world centre for learning and research about the form, planning, design and management of cities. We are part of The Bartlett: UCL's faculty of the built environment.

About the project

University College London has operated a programme over the last two academic years that enables students to work with and for community organisations on Neighbourhood Planning projects in the London area.  This activity is run in partnership with the London Just Space network. Students from UCL works in small groups and assists designated or embryonic neighbourhood forums. Support includes:
  • Assisting with electronic mapping and geographic information
  • Digesting and explaining planning policy documents
  • Doing surveys and researching development models from UK and international sources

How to get to ELT  (back to top)

MILE END BUSES            
The ELT is situated in east London near to Mile End tube station on the Central & Hamersmith & City lines. It is five minutes walk from Queen Mary University.

Directions from Mile End tube station.
Turn left out of the station. At the big cross junction with traffic lights turn left on to Burdett Road. Go straight ahead and you will see the Church on your left.

By bus: From the West End and City – 25 - 205; From Stratford – 25 - 425 - 339; From Leyton or Shadwell - 339; From Canning Town - 323; From the Isle of Dogs - D6 - D7; From Canary Wharf - 277 - D7; From Bethnal Green - D6 - 277