James Dadge and Mick Duggan from the DCLG team which runs Neighbourhood Planning addressed a meeting of students and staff at UCL Bartlett Planning (and Urban Studies), with an update on NP progress. Eleanor Lowenthal spoke about work being done to support Our Tottenham by various students, while Thomas Zhong described work over the last two years supporting a Neighbourhood Forum in Brent. Presentations here to download:
DCLG: 140512_UCL DCLG Presentation_JD MD (has useful onward links)
Tottenham: Eleanor Lowenthal TottenhamPresentation
also useful: new crowd-sourced bibliography on NP: http://bit.ly/1liqaIs
There was a strong discussion and it is clear that student groups can really contribute valuably to the work of Neighbourhood groups and Forums. UCL seems to be pioneering on this.