What does the revised NPPF mean for Neighbourhood Planning?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Journal | No Comments

We have been familiarising ourselves with the recently updated National Planning Policy Framework (see below for an extract of NDP relevant points from the NPPF). We are pleased to see the importance of Design Quality being reinforced, with the NPPF highlighting that ‘Neighbourhood plans can play an important role in identifying the special qualities of […]

The end of the beginning…once a Neighbourhood Plan is ‘made’

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Journal | No Comments

Once made, a Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the planning authority’s suite of Local Development Documents. In principle, this gives any Neighbourhood Plan as much status in determining applications as the Local Plan. The hard work, examination and referendum are over and your community now has a made Neighbourhood Plan – well done! But that is not the end; […]

Neighbourhood Plans: a five-year healthcheck

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Journal | No Comments

It’s now been more than five years since the introduction of Neighbourhood Development Plans in April 2012. Our team have spent some time considering what we have learnt through the process of preparing Neighbourhood Plans…

What makes your place unique…?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

Last Sunday saw us out and about in Colerne – a lovely parish in Wiltshire where we are helping the community with the preparation of their Neighbourhood Plan…

Place Plans – a local level plan for Welsh communities

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

The Autumn finds us as busy as ever! Yesterday was a full one for us as we travelled over to Wales and then on up to Herefordshire for a day of really interesting meetings with various groups of people all working on planning at the really local level.  Our work on Neighbourhood Plans in England has […]

Linking people and wildlife with a Neighbourhood Plan

Linking people and wildlife with a Neighbourhood Plan

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

Over the past year, Place Studio has been supporting the town of Dursley, in Stroud, to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. Dursley is a small town surrounded on two sides by the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswold way runs through the heart of the town and it is a hub for walking and cycling. […]

Keynsham High Street

Keynsham High Street

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

The first step of a major re-fashioning of Keynsham High Street in Bath & North East Somerset got underway this May with a one year trial of one-way traffic flow. Following on from our successful work for the Council to engage the community of Widcombe Parade in Bath and work as part of the design team […]

Spring NEWS

Spring NEWS

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

Over the last few months we have been SUPER busy and are pleased to be able to share the news that we have a new person joining our team. More on that soon… First of all and very excitingly, our very own Jeff has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. This […]

Pre-application community involvement…meeting the standards

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

MEETING THE STANDARDS There are many lists around of consultation (involvement or engagement) standards. Two are particularly important. First, those listed in the “10 Commitments for Effective Pre-Application Engagement” produced by the LGA (very importantly, with the support of the HBF and BPF). Secondly, those used by the courts. However, courts never make public their […]

So near but yet so far…pre-application community involvement (part 2)

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

Community engagement works! Done well it can add “significant creative contributions to the design process” but it is often cursory, too late and simply not open to learning anything or changing anything. It does not have to be like that and in this second of two case studies (see our previous journal post for the […]