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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Development plan set to be first for London

A project giving people the chance to have their say on how their neighbourhoods are developed is set to be the first of its kind to be consulted on in London.

The Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group was formally designated by the council at the end of September 2012 and its draft neighbourhood plan is expected to be published for consultation next month.

The draft plan will include neighbourhood planning policy, site specific proposals as well as wider community projects. The group have positively engaged with developers in Hackbridge to help shape the redevelopment of their neighbourhood.

In the 2011 Localism Act, neighbourhoods and residents groups were given the opportunity to plan for their own areas with the introduction of neighbourhood plans and Sutton residents have been keen to exercise this new power.

Initiatives are aimed to ensure that local people have a say in the planning and development of their local areas.

The Beddington Residents’ Association are also currently preparing an application to be formally designated as a neighbourhood forum so they can start preparing their plan.

Following a series of events in 2012, where the council encouraged communities to consider neighbourhood planning, a number of other groups expressed an interest and may be starting work on their plans in the new future. The areas that may be subject to a neighbourhood plan are:

The Belmont area including Sutton Hospital (through the Belmont and South Cheam Residents’ Association),
The Springfield Road/Grosvenor Road Area of Special Local Character (through the Springfield Residents’ Association),
The South Cheam Area of Special Local Character (through the Belmont and South Cheam Residents’ Association),
The South Wallington area (through the South Wallington and District Residents’ Association),
The Woodcote Avenue Area of Special Local Character (through the Woodcote Avenue Residents’ Association).
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm  

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