Release Date: 21 November 2017
Ham and Petersham is a step closer to having a greater say on local planning issues after Richmond Council approved its draft Neighbourhood Plan for public consultation.
Since 2014, the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum has been preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for their area. The Forum has now reached a key milestone and submitted its Plan to Richmond Council.
At last week’s Cabinet meeting it was agreed that the Forum’s draft Plan can now proceed to public consultation. Therefore, local residents, community groups and businesses will soon be invited to have their say on the future look and growth of Ham and Petersham.
In 2012, Government introduced a new level of local planning, which allows local communities to get together as a Neighbourhood Forum and to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for their local area.
The draft Neighbourhood Plan, which puts forward the Neighbourhood Forum’s long term vision for the local area, seeks to retain the area’s identity as a distinct and sustainable mixed residential community. It focusses on enhancing the character and appearance of the area, seeks to ensure that opportunities for affordable housing are optimised, create better transport links, with the aim to encourage walking and cycling whilst at the same time protecting and enhancing existing green spaces as well as the area’s historical and environmental significance.
Similarly to the Council’s Village Planning guidance documents, it seeks to enhance the character, quality and distinctiveness of the Ham and Petersham village, including promoting the viability and vibrancy of its local centres to meet local needs.
The draft Plan will soon go to out for public consultation before being submitted to an independent examiner, who will consider the draft Plan, including any consultation responses received. Subject to the outcomes of that examination, a local referendum will take place to decide whether the Plan will be adopted by the Council.
If adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will form part of the statutory development plan for the area, and it will have to be used by the Council to assess and make decisions on planning applications within that neighbourhood area.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community said:
“Over the last few years, we have supported the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum in producing a draft Plan for their area. The forthcoming consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan will allow local residents and business to have their say on the draft Plan before it proceeds to an independent examination.
“The Council is committed to engaging with our communities on issues that matter to them and that’s why we’ve been holding a series of Leader’s Question Times across the Borough.”
You can ask the Leader of the Council and Cabinet members about this or other issues by submitting questions for the Leader’s Question Time Event at Grey Court School in Ham on the Tuesday 21 November.
The event will also be streamed live on the Council’s Facebook account. And residents unable to attend can tweet their questions to the panelists during the event by using #VillageQT to the @LBRUT account.
The draft Plan will go out for public consultation on Friday 1 December.
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Updated: 1 December 2017