During the period that the Legacy Corporation has been the Local Planning Authority for its area one neighbourhood forum, the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum, has been designated. This designation was made in July 2015. The Forum went on to prepare a draft neighbourhood plan which progressed to its formal Examination stage in 2019.
The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations limit the life span of a designated Neighbourhood Forum to five years. This five-year period of the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum expired in July 2020.
No application to renew the designation of the Forum has been received to date. As such, currently there are no designated boroughhood forums within the Legacy Corporation Area.
Information about how to apply to be designated as a neighbourhood forum can be found in section Neighbourhood Planning below.
Following the Localism Act 2011, local communities have the ability to shape development within their area by preparing Neighbourhood Plans. Planning policies contained within Neighbourhood Plans will become part of the planning framework for the area and will be used to guide future planning decisions within that neighbourhood. Neighbourhood Plans must be in general conformity with the London Plan and local planning policies contained within the adopted development Plan (in this case borough Core Strategies and Area Action Plans until the adoption of the Legacy Corporation’s Local Plan).
The first stages in the neighbourhood planning process are applications to the local planning authority to become a designated neighbourhood forum for a defined neighbourhood area. This process can be done jointly or as two separate applications. As a non-parished area, neighbourhood planning applications within the Legacy Corporation area should be determined within 13 weeks unless they cover parts of more than one local authority area, in which case the deadline will be 20 weeks.
Once designated, a neighbourhood forum can then start the process of Neighbourhood Plan preparation for its designated neighbourhood area. This will involve extensive local community consultation, independent examination and finally a vote by public referendum before it can be used as a part of the planning framework for the area.
It is the Legacy Corporation’s role, as a local planning authority, to advise and give non-financial support to groups wishing to utilise these powers in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan as well as manage neighbourhood planning applications.
For any queries in relation to neighbourhood planning within the Legacy Corporation area please contact the Planning Policy team by email at:
[email protected]; or by post at:
Planning Policy (Neighbourhood Planning)
London Legacy Development Corporation,
1 Stratford Place,