Neighbourhood planning gives communities, such as St. John’s Wood, direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. The primary objective of the St. John’s Wood Neighbourhood Forum will be to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for St. John’s Wood. The process to do this is well defined and involves a wide spectrum of consultation and engagement both during the preparation phase, which the Forum will lead, and the public referendum phase, which Westminster City Council will lead. Once approved, the Neighbourhood Plan provides a powerful set of tools for the local community to ensure that they have the right types of development for the community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area. A number of links and resources are provided below that will allow all of the Forum members and interested parties learn more about neighbourhood planning and the process through which we will develop and gain approval for a Neighbourhood Plan for St. John’s Wood.
The St. John’s Wood Society planning committee currently reviews planning applications and other related information and liaises very closely with Westminster City Council during the consultation periods for the various developments and building projects in St. John’s Wood. They currently do that in accordance with the development policies of Westminster City Council and the Mayor’s London Plan. The Society will continue to fulfil this role separately from the activities of the Neighbourhood Forum. However, once a Neighbourhood Plan for St. John’s Wood has been accepted by Westminster City Council, the Society will be able to take equal guidance from the Neighbourhood Plan as it does the Council’s or the Mayor’s plans. Hence, the importance of getting our plan developed and approved in a timely manner.
Click on the relevant links below to find out more: