Margate’s new plan

P1110283The Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum are holding their annual general meeting at Turner Contemporary this week.

Neighbourhood plans are a key part of the government’s whole ‘localism’ idea, giving local people the chance to collaborate to create planning policies for the development and use of land in the place where they live.

Neighbourhood plans can suggest where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like. The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want. Neighbourhood plans have to take into account the local council’s assessment of housing and other development needs in the area as well, which leaves some interesting grey areas to be explored as they start to become more common. It’ll be interesting to see how placeshakers can sneak interesting ideas in, once the door’s open.

The Margate Neighbourhood Plan has been driven by a group of local residents, and will cover the town’s old borough boundary area – larger than the usual area – so that issues like coastline, transport and school places can be considered properly. This designated area was officially recognised by Thanet District Council on May 1st, following a public consultation they carried out..

Membership of the Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum is open to all who live or work in the Margate area and who support the purposes of the Forum, and the group are hoping to see new members and neighbours at the meeting on June 5th, 6-8pm at Turner Contemporary. Download the agenda and get involved.

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