Workshop on neighbourhood planning

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

Register to participate (free) at:

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.

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act in 2010 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 over 1000 neighbourhood forums in England and 50 in Greater 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.

At this event you will hear from six London neighbourhood forums about their experience of commissioning research and planning support from 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:

  • –  Crouch Hill and Hornsey Rise NF
  • –  Camley Street and Elms Village NF
  • –  People’s Empowerment Alliance for Custom House
  • –  Elephant and Walworth NF
  • –  Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Forum
  • –  Heathrow Villages NF

The event is funded by a DCLG Grant for Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning



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: local businesses and economy; urban character and open space; socio-demographic surveys.

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch


14:00 – 15:00 – 3 Parallel Thematic Workshops on assets of community value, green infrastructure and transport; 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.

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 work in small groups and assist 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

    The ELT is situated in east London next to Mile End tube station on the Central line. It is five minutes walk from Queen Mary University.

    Directions from Mile End tube station.
    Turn left out of the station. At the big 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; From Stratford – 425; From Canning Town – 323.

One Response to “Workshop on neighbourhood planning”

  1. Workshop on neighbourhood planning | UCL working with Just Space Says:

    […] Saturday 28 March: there will be a day-workshop on neighbourhood planning presented by Just Space neighbourhood groups which have been working with UCL students and staff from January to March 2015. The workshop will take place in Mile End. Details, programme and (free) booking here. […]

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