Increasing community spirit through Neighbourhood Planning

We’ve previously shared with you some ‘Guidelines for community engagement in Neighbourhood Planning’ from our friends at Keystone Marketing Limited. We’re now pleased to provide a link to their latest blog ‘Increasing community spirit through Neighbourhood Planning’ –

This blog is based on their experience of working with Huntingdon Town Council on its Neighbourhood Plan and highlights an ‘added benefit’ of the neighbourhood planning process.


Successful first year for Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Neighbourhood Planning service

Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Neighbourhood Planning service enjoyed a busy and successful first year in 2016/17. We held project inception meetings with Doddington, Witchford, Waterbeach, Great Abington, Bury and West Wickham neighbourhood plan steering groups. We helped four of these groups – Doddington, Waterbeach, Great Abington and Bury – to secure Locality managed grant support and delivered additional support through this funding.

We hope to be working with the remaining two to progress their Plan in 2017/18. And we’ve already held a project inception meeting with Stapleford & Great Shelford together with exploratory discussions with several other groups this year.

We are building our capacity to match increased demands. We are already working closely with Rachel Hogger from Modicum Planning, one of the leading Neighbourhood Planning specialists. We also have agreements in place with Rachel Leggett Associates and Natalie Blaken from Nupremis.

We believe we have a great offer combining local knowledge, technical expertise and experience of working with local communities. And we can even help you to source the funds to pay for this service! If you would like to discuss how Cambridgeshire ACRE could support your aspirations please contact us.

Neighbourhood Planning Campaign

The Department for Communities and Local Government have launched a new Neighbourhood Planning campaign. It is designed to provide “a big push to make sure as many people as possible across the country know about neighbourhood planning so more communities take it up“.

Central to the campaign is a new microsite which is the place for people to go to find out how to get started, with a step by step guide through the process and downloadable leaflet and customisable poster to use in their neighbourhood.

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Neighbourhood Plan Roadshow – Event Presentations

Thanks to everyone who attended this morning’s highly successful event.

Full house at this morning's event

Full house at this morning’s event

For anyone who wasn’t able to make it, the various speaker presentations are available to download below:

Notes on Neighbourhood Planning [Miriam Levin, Department for Communities and Local Government]

Video [Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Housing and Planning]

The barriers faced by Cambridgeshire rural communities in progressing Neighbourhood Plans [Ruth Gunton, MSc student, Anglia Ruskin University]

Local government support [Alison Talkington, South Cambridgeshire DC & Stuart Morris, Huntingdonshire DC]

Case study 1: Peakirk [Sally-Ann Jackson, Peakirk NP steering group & vice chair, Peakirk Parish Council]

Case study 2: Lavenham [Rachel Hogger, Modicum Planning]

Developing a local support package [Mark Deas, Cambridgeshire ACRE]

We hope those who came enjoyed the event; an evaluation survey has been forwarded to everyone who attended and we look forward to receiving your feedback in due course.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Neighbourhood Plan Roadshow – Agenda, Delegate List and Speaker Profiles

We’re very much looking forward to hosting the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Neighbourhood Plan Roadshow at the Maltings in Ely on Monday 21 March.

The final agenda, delegate list and speaker profiles can be downloaded below. The presentations from the event will be loaded to this website afterwards.

We look forward to seeing all those who have signed up to attend.




Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Neighbourhood Plan Roadshow

Neighbourhood Planning has been slow to take off in Cambridgeshire. However, progress is now being made with almost 30 communities having achieved ‘designated status’ for their Neighbourhood Area.

To encourage further interest, Cambridgeshire ACRE and CPRE Cambridgeshire & Peterborough are running a seminar to provide the latest information from Government on neighbourhood planning. It will look at the barriers to progressing neighbourhood plans and what support is available to help overcome these barriers in Cambridgeshire.

The event is free of charge and will take place on Monday 21 March 2016 from 9am to 12.15pm at The Maltings, Ely, CB7 4BB.

Details of speakers are still being finalised. However, there will be contributions from the Department for Communities and Local Government, local authorities, the voluntary & community sector and community groups.

This event is targeted at communities interested in neighbourhood planning together with the support organisations (public, voluntary or private) working in this field.

To register to attend the event, please click here.