Release Date: 06 December 2017
Residents are now being invited to have their say on the future look and growth of Ham and Petersham, following November’s Cabinet decision that the Forum’s draft Plan can proceed to public consultation.
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 environment 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.
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.
“We are now inviting local residents and business to have their say on the draft Plan before it proceeds to an independent examination.”
Brian Willman, Chair of the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum said:
“Local residents have put a lot of work into bringing the Ham and Petersham draft Neighbourhood Plan to this stage and I am very pleased that the Cabinet has now given their approval for it to go out to consultation.
“It is another step along the way towards the local referendum that I hope will be held in summer 2018 which will make it part of the statutory planning process. The Plan is an actionable vision for the future of our neighbourhood which London in Bloom recently named “best village in London.”
Following public consultation the draft Plan will be submitted to an independent Examiner for consideration. Subject to the outcomes of that examination, a local referendum will take place to decide whether the Plan will be adopted by the Council.
A copy of the Plan can be viewed and downloaded. There is also a representation form if you wish to respond. The consultation will run from Wednesday 6 December 2017 until Friday 26 January 2018.
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Updated: 8 December 2017