Neighbourhood Planning updates and the revised National Planning Policy Framework

The long awaited revised draft of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been released earlier in March by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). It is an important document – as ALL local, regional and neighbourhood plans have to comply with the policy framework that the NPPF sets out. You can read it here and it is open to consultation until May 10 2018. The Architects Journal have written a handy overview of ten changes here including commentary on the focus on housing supply, with a major proposed change that will impact local communities across the country. The AJ writes, that “a … Continue reading Neighbourhood Planning updates and the revised National Planning Policy Framework

The London Plan and Neighbourhood Planning

The new London Plan is out for consultation till 2 March you can comment on it here. Our friends at Neighbourhood Planners   are concerned about the way neighbourhood planning is featured in the draft London Plan out for consultation now. The London Plan is a significant document for neighbourhood planning and forms part of the unique three tier development plan system in London. All neighbourhood plans must be in “general conformity” with its policies in order to meet the Basic Conditions. Neighbourhood Planners say, “The draft London Plan says a lot about involving communities but makes very little mention … Continue reading The London Plan and Neighbourhood Planning

Soho-Ho! Limited Edition Baubles

Plan for Soho is embracing the festive season this year and releasing it’s own Soho-style Christmas bauble! The Soho-Ho! bauble is a must-have for Christmas lovers who want to celebrate and enhance Soho.  The baubles have been created to help raise money for our work over the next year to develop a neighbourhood plan for Soho. Chairman of the Soho Neighbourhood Forum, Matthew Bennett, says: “We are extremely excited to announce our very own Soho-Ho! bauble! Soho is a unique part of London with a distinctive heritage and we want the community to be a part of shaping it’s future. Pick up … Continue reading Soho-Ho! Limited Edition Baubles

Record Store Day, Saturday 22 April Five Soho record stores take part in this year with live music, DJ’s and more

Soho IS the heart of London’s music scene  – with five of London’s best record stores based in Soho taking part in this year’s Record Store Day.  Phonica Records, Sister Ray, Reckless Records, Sounds of the Universe and Intoxica Records … Continue reading Record Store Day, Saturday 22 April Five Soho record stores take part in this year with live music, DJ’s and more