This is a one day conference on Saturday 24th March 2012, 9.30am to 4.30pm, Armada House,Telephone Avenue, Bristol BS1 4BQ. Free but booking is required.The Localism Act is intended to give communities a real voice in the planning system.

It allows community groups to form ‘Neighbourhood Forums’ and to create Neighbourhood Development Plans, to help shape development in their area.But how will it work in practice? How much power will community groups really have? And just how will decisions be made about which groups act as the Neighbourhood Forum for their area?

If you are interested in planning and development in your area and you want to learn more about how the Localism Act will work, CPRE is running a conference in Bristol to try to answer those questions. It is open to individuals and community groups who want to learn how to havea real voice in planning for their local area.

Speakers will include:
Paul Miner (CPRE Senior Planning Campaigner) and Sarah O’Driscoll (Bristol City Council Strategic Planning Service Manager)
There will be talks by ‘front-runner’ groups about the reality of producing Neighbourhood Development Plans, and discussions on the more awkward questions that the Localism Bill has brought up:-

Just what are the limits of Localism? How can community groups effectively involve and engage the people in their area in planning? And can communities really use the Localism Act to say no to unwanted development?

Places for this event are limited and will be allocated ‘first come first served’.
For more information or to book a place, please contact:
Joe Evans CPRE Avonside 07854 741130

Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning is a joint project between CPRE and the
National Association of Local Councils, funded by DCLG.

 ‘Planning our future’ – the Localism Bill and community-led planning


10.00am Introduction – What we know about the Localism Act (and what we don’t…) Paul Miner, CPRE
10.30 David Holford (Architect). Speaking about his experiences with the Myrtle Triangle project, an innovative mixed-use brownfield development that has been a Bristol front-runner.
11.00 Chris Perry (Backwell Parish Council). Speaking about Backwell’s experience as a rural community that has been a front-runner.
11.30 Coffee break
12.00 Sarah O’Driscoll (Bristol City Council Strategic Planning Service Manager, who has been working with the three Bristol front-runners). Speaking about BCC’s experiences in trialling the Localism Act, and about how the council see the future of community-led planning under the Act. Followed by question and answer session.
1.00pm Lunch and networking
2.00 Anna Maloney (Bristol Community Land Trust). A brief introduction to Community Land Trusts and their potential as a vehicle for community-led development (eg under the Right to Build).
2.15 Introduction to workshop discussions
2.30 Workshop discussions:
1. The limits of localism: the likely points of conflict between community planning and county, regional or national planning
2. Effective consultations. The durability of Neighbourhood Development Plans seems likely to be partly dependent on how genuinely representative they are of the local community. How can a Neighbourhood Forum or parish council build a really broad, strong local consensus?
3. How to say no. The Localism Bill is framed to allow communities to steer development, but in lots of cases what a community really wants is to say no to specific types of development. Can the Localism Bill be used to facilitate that?
3.30 Tea Break
4.00 Paul Miner - Workshop round-ups and closing words from CPRE.
4.30 Finish


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