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Richard Lovell | The Marylebone Forum

Neighbourhood Planning Symposium

Following a request from attendees at the Forum meeting on the 25th February , a first educational symposium on Neighbourhood Planning was held at International Students House on the 17th June 2015. The exercise was conducted by Tony Burton , who has been a major force in the development of Forums/Neighbourhood Planning and has written a number of publications on the topic. The presentation briefly covered the background to “Localism” and neighbourhood planning, and then went on to review the progress made to date both nationally and more specifically in the Greater London area. While some 1500+ projects are now under way to develop Neighbourhood Forums , only some two or three have yet reached the final stage and a realistic timescale of two to three years was mentioned. In an interactive exercise, a number of local problems , worries or demands were highlighted and these were then reviewed as to the possibility of being affected or at least influenced by a Neighbourhood Plan . The primary consideration was the need –or otherwise- for planning permission. If required ,the neighbourhood plan could have a much greater influence. The presentation was followed by a lengthy Q&A session. Full details of the presentation are available on the Forum website. We are still awaiting a final response from Westminster City Council regarding the designation of the Marylebone Forum. Once this has been achieved, we will move to the AGM and election of a Forum Committee. A copy of the presentation can be found in the Neighbourhood Planning Section under PRESENTATIONS – click...

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Review: Inaugural Meeting of the Marylebone Forum

Around 200 local residents and business representatives including many who have already joined the organisation, attended the inaugural meeting of the Marylebone Forum at International Students house on the 25th February. The meeting was chaired by Kevin Coyne in his position as acting Chair of the Marylebone Forum. KC opened the meeting with a summary of the purpose of the Forum and thanked everyone for attending He then introduced the Members of the Forum panel.. Presentations from six members of the Forum Panel covered PROGRESS TO DATE IN ESTABLISHING THE FORUM AND THE NEXT STEPS Michael Bolt, Chair Marylebone Association Area has been designated and formal application for establishment (Designation) of the Forum has been submitted to Westminster City Council.We would hope to have agreement within the next two to three months –Although the coming election could lead to some delay. Following designation an AGM will be held for all members (Business and Residential) to elect a full representative committee-Membership to be split 50/50 between Residents and “Business” which includes professional and educational organisations REASONS FOR SUPPORTING THE FORUM Mike Wood–Chair Marylebone Society The Revd Stephen Evans – Rector of St Marylebone -Simon Loomes-Development Director , Portman Estate A variety of reasons for supporting the Forum were presented , notably -While amenity societies have essentially been reactive, commenting on policies and plans developed by others, the Forum will be able to proactively develop planning policies for the neighbourhood. -With surrounding areas creating Forums – , it was highly desirable that Marylebone should have its own voice .Furthermore , establishment of the Forum would allow it to influence the use of...

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