Vision & Objectives Training
The Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group took part in their next training provided by Planning Aid at Merton Hall on the 19th June 2014.
This was the next stage in the process of neighbourhood planning, taking previous evidence gathered from the initial survey, questionnaire and community comments and producing a vision statement supported by objectives for all 8 topic theme groups.
The training outlined best practice by objectively reviewing the entire evidence base, the physical assets in the designated area and making sure the community profile was robust.
The second part of the training covered the following elements:
When preparing a draft Vision and Objectives document it is essential that you engage with the whole community, not only residents but to include all stakeholders such as businesses, organisations, landowners and public statutory bodies giving the opportunity for all to put forward their views and opinions. It is through this process that strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats can be identified which are all needed to produce a draft plan.
Once the draft has been put together an appropriate consultation with the community is organised, this can be a meeting, series of drop in events, newsletter or copies of the vision and objectives document.
After the Community Consultation the analysis of the results should check some key areas.
Does the draft reflect the views of the community?
Have you identified the neighbourhood area?
Does the draft establish a framework for the rest of the plan?
Have you identified the objectives clearly in the themes?
Is there a clear link between the vision and objectives and any emerging policies?
Are the vision and objectives specific, measureable, achievable, result-focused and time-bound?
Neighbourhood Plan Training Event
On March 13th members of this group attended a Training Event at Merton Hall organised by Planning Aid England, Engaging Communities in Planning. This intensive session set out the complex task ahead of putting together a Neighbourhood Plan for the Civil Parish of Ponteland.
The areas covered in the workshop sessions involved the local planning needs of the area and how this could be achieved in the preparation of the Plan. We also identified whether we had a vision for the future by means of a Neighbourhood Plan and the group met the legal requirements of the process. This gave us the opportunity to raise our own concerns and discuss how we could meet our goals.
Many of the fundamental questions were:
- Does the wider community support our undertaking?
- Does the community have the skills necessary to complete a Plan?
- Is there enough time and level of commitment necessary to complete the Plan?
- Do you have in place good relations with the Town Council, County Council and future stakeholders?
- Does the group feel confident in developing partnerships with other groups within the community, professional individuals, developers and land owners?
Possibly most important of all, to the members of the group,
How well have they performed so far?
We will have to wait until we receive our Report from Planning Aid
Planning Aid-Training for the Neighbourhood Plan Group
On 23rd January 25 members of the steering group and the subgroups attended a training session at the Memorial Hall on writing policies to be included in the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan. This is all part of the process involved when producing a local plan.
Each of the subgroups have contributed by collecting evidence on their particular topic area, this and the recent questionnaire analysis will all be used when drafting policies to be included in the Neighbourhood Plan. This is the second training session given by Planning Aid, who are part of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
In a short space of time, one year, the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Group has completed Stages 1-4 of the project plan and now is embarking on writing draft policies for Stage 5. The presentation and training used sample policies to demonstrate how other Neighbourhood Plan group’s have completed the task of drafting suitable policies.