UPDATE:  We have now submitted our application to Hackney Council.  You can view and download our submission documents here. If you’d like to join the forum email plan@chatsworthroade5.co.uk.

On the 16th of August we ran the first public meeting about setting up a Neighbourhood Forum for the Chatsworth Road area (see slides below).   New powers under the Localism Act, allow Neighbourhood Forums to influence the way their area changes by producing a Neighbourhood Plan which sets out planning policies that Hackney Council will use when assessing any planning application within the area.

The Forum has to include at least 21 people which are representative of the diverse interests of the local community and is open to anyone who wishes to join.  There is no formal commitment but we ask you to be able to attend up to three meetings during the process.  If you’d like to be part of the Neighbourhood Forum or know anyone who would be a good representative please email plan@chatsworthroade5.co.uk.

The area that we’ll be applying for is focused on Chatsworth Road and is bound by Lea Bridge Road, Lower Clapton Road, Homerton Road and the Lee Canal, in essence the catchment area of Chatsworth Road .

The first step in the process is to submit an application to Hackney Council for the Neighbourhood Forum and the Neighbourhood Area.  Once this has been completed and subjected to relevant consultation by Hackney Council the the forum will together prepare a draft of the planning policies document (Neighbourhood Plan).

Once this is done we’ll  circulate it to the whole community to give everyone a chance to contribute and ensure the policies best reflect the community’s interests.  Once all the comments and representations have been received and considered, we will write up the final document which will then be assessed by an independent inspector, to check the policies are sound in planning terms.  The Council will then hold a referendum in the area so everyone can vote as to whether we want these policies to be formally adopted or not.