Wood Street Neighbourhood Forum

Would you like to have a say in the future of Wood Street?

A growing group of local residents have come together to make a neighbourhood forum for Wood Street E17. This is a new type of community group, encouraged by the 2011 Localism Act, with the power to influence planning decisions. We would love to get as many people as possible involved, to hear opinions and ideas from all parts of the community. If you’re interested, please contact us using the grey box at the bottom of the page, mention the Wood Street forum and whether you live or work in the area.

A neighbourhood forum allows us to write our own “neighbourhood development plan”:

A neighbourhood development plan establishes general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, like where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like. The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want.”

Neighbourhood plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community. After being checked by an independent examiner, it will be voted on in a local referendum.

“Neighbourhood planning is a growing movement. (As of April 2014) around 1,000 communities have taken the first formal steps towards producing a neighbourhood development plan. 80 full draft plans have been produced for consultation and 13 neighbourhood plans have been passed at community referendums.

Neighbourhood planning is not about blocking development. It is about shaping and directing appropriate development… A neighbourhood forum designation will give a community the opportunity to dictate where development goes and what it will look like… Help is available to support you through the journey.

The St James street area have started getting their neighbourhood plan together: https://www.facebook.com/stjamesneighbourhood; as have 700 people in Highams Park http://highamsparkplan.org. Why not join us here in Wood Street? Use the grey “contact us” box at the bottom of the page.

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