The community in Nunhead, Southwark have organised and successfully used the ‘community right to bid‘ part of the Localism Act 2011 to prevent their local pub from being sold to developers. It will now be run as a co-operative enterprise. Meanwhile in Elm Park, Havering a similar 1930s pub is being sold off for development and […]Read more "Save our pub!"
The Department for Communities and Local Government recently closed a consultation on making it easier to set up new town and parish councils. The current legislative framework for this was set down in 2007. I responded to this consultation and recommended a number of amendments to existing policy, including legislative changes. The consultation presented a […]Read more "Response to DCLG consultation on setting up town and parish councils"
The Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on changes to the way parish and town councils are set up in England. Community governance reviews are triggered by a petition Since the 2007 legislation that allowed parish councils to be formed in Greater London, a new mechanism called a community governance review has been […]Read more "Making it easier to set up new town and parish councils"
Had a bit of time to check for evidence of communities thinking about forming parish councils. Queen’s Park have been successful and will form a parish council in 2014. But what of the other attempts? I can find fifteen and all are at very different stages. The earliest stage of forming a parish council appears […]Read more "Who will be next…?"
In July I spoke at a Planning Aid for London event on neighbourhood planning in London, the creation of urban parishes and alternative forms of community governance. The slides from the event are available here. About Steve ChambersRead more "Planning Aid for London: Other Models for Neighbourhood Planning in London"
I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity to write a little about Queen’s Park and their bid to form a parish council in London. This community has been the first to gain the necessary approval of their local authority. What is notable about this group is the speed in which they have been able to […]Read more "Does success for Queen’s Park Parish Council point to how others will fail?"
Following a referendum organised by Westminster City Council, it looks very likely that the first parish council in Greater London since 1936 will be created in Queen’s Park, Westminster in 2014. The formal decision will be made at a council meeting in June. About Steve ChambersRead more "London’s first parish council"