Neighbourhood plans were introduced by the 2011 Localism Act. They are the most local and devolved part of the English planning system. Neighbourhood planning was slower to take off in London than in rural areas, but more plans are now reaching the satge of being ‘made’ (i.e. adopted as part of the statutory Development Plan for the London Borough in question)
15 Neighbourhood Plans in London are in force as at November 2019, following recent successful referendums on the plans for Mayfair, and for South Bank and Waterloo . See at www.neighbourhood planners.london for the latest information.
London’s planning system is made up of several layers of planning policies:
- the National Planning Policy Framework (first published in 2012 and revised in 2018)
- the London Plan (the latest version of which from Mayor Sadiq Khan has been ‘examined’ with a final version to be publshed in early 2020)
- the Local Plans of the London Boroughs, and the Local Plans of the two Mayoral Development Corporations (the OPDC and the London Legacy Development Corporation).
- any ‘made’ (adopted) neighbourhood plans. These form part of the statutory development plan for the area in question.
Planning applications in a neighbourhood area are assessed against the policies and site allocations set out in all four of these layers of the system.
There are now over 800 neighbourhood plans in force across England. These are in daily use by planning officers across the country and neighbourhood planning has become a well established part of the planning system.
The Draft Old Oak Neighbourhood Plan
In the period since designation of the Forum in 2018, we have continued to spend much time responding to the OPDC’s efforts to complete its Local Plan and to a series of events have had a major impact on OPDC ambitions. Recent posts on this website explain what has been happening on Cargiant’s change of stance, the interim findings of Planning Inspector Paul Clark, and on the Government’s review of HS2.
The Forum’s open meeting on November 5th 2019 discussed a draft vision, objective, and policies to be included in an Old Oak Neighbourhood Plan.
The Draft Plan can be downloaded as a a series of PDFs at the links below. The Plan includes a series of policies designed to apply across the whole of the designated neighbourhood area. There are then five short chapters of the Plan on a series of sub-areas as below:
Context for the Draft Plan Old Oak Draft NP. Part 1 for web.
The neighbourhood area, vision, objectives, policies Draft NP for web Part 2
OONA area 1 Wesley Estate OONA area 1 for web
OONA area 2 Railway Cottages/Old Oak Conservation Area OONA area 2 for web
OONA area 3 Atlas Junction OONA area 3 for web
OONA area 4 Midland Terrace/Shaftesbury Gardens OONA Area 4 for web
OONA area 5 Wells House Road OONA area 5 for web
The Forum is carrying out the first stages of local consultation on the Draft Plan. Once the Forum is satisfied it has a complete Plan, this will be the subject of a formal ‘pre-submission’ consultation as required by Regulation 14 of the 2011 Localism Act. Landowners and statutory consultees will be consulted on at this stage, which we expect to be in the early part of 2020.
Designated neighbourhood area shown by red boundary
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about the Neighbourhood Plan, or have queries about any of the detailed policies and site allocations that have been included in this first draft. We will be continuing to hold open meetings of the Forum (usually on the first Tuesday of each month at the Collective building in Old Oak Lane. These are joint meetings with the Grand Union Alliance.
Membership of the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum is open to anyone who lives or works in the designated neighbourhood area. If you live or work in the wider area you are also very welcome to join and to come to meetings as an ‘associate member’. At the stage of a referendum on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan, it will only by those on the electoral register within the designated area who will have the opportunity to vote.