Join the community development panel for the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar

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Thursday 21st January (00:00) - Friday 19th February 2021 (23:59)


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We have asked Frame Projects to recruit members for the borough’s first ever Community Development Panel. The panel will comment and give feedback on development plans in the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar (IoD&SP).

What is happening in the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar?

The Mayor of London has identified the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar as one of 12 Opportunity Areas in East London. It is expected to experience substantial growth over the next 20 years, with the delivery of 31,000 new homes and 110,000 new jobs.

In January 2020 the Tower Hamlets Regeneration Team took on the role of overseeing the OAPF Delivery Plan, part of which recommended the establishment of the IoD&SP Community Development Panel. The panel will play a vital role in ensuring the growth in the local area delivers benefits for all of the community in the IoD&SP.

How will the panel be managed?

The panel will be managed by Frame Projects on behalf of Tower Hamlets. Frame Projects is an established company that manages several community review and design review groups in London and the South East.
Frame Projects is responsible for recruiting Community Development Panel members.

Their job is to make sure the Community Development Panel is independent and properly briefed, and that members can communicate what they want to the developers and to the council.

What is the Community Development Panel?

The Community Development Panel is part of the council’s plan to ensure that new developments are of the highest possible quality, whilst also empowering local people to have an increased say about the urban design and planning process.

The panel will meet and give its views on plans, projects and planning applications, tackling issues such as housing, transport, public spaces and environment. It will play an active role in helping to ensure that new development serves the needs of people living and working in the area, both now and in the future.

The panel’s discussions will be turned into formal reports that will help guide council discussions and decision making.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit around 12 panel members of different ages and backgrounds, to ensure the Panel reflects the diverse make-up of the community. We want to hear from you if:

  1. you live within the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar Opportunity Area – including Blackwall and Cubitt Town, Canary Wharf, Island Gardens and Poplar wards
  2. you work in the area
  3. you come to the area regularly.

You don’t need experience or knowledge in planning or architecture to apply. We’re keen to have people on the panel who know their local area and who want to have a say in the way it will evolve in the coming years. However, you will need internet access as meetings are currently happening online.

What skills or experience do I need?

The members of the panel should have a diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge. We’re looking for a broad cross-section of members drawn from across the community who:

  1. bring a strong understanding of the local area, the way it works, its history and its people
  2. can provide positive advice from a community perspective on proposals for development and change, and on the needs of existing and new residential and business communities
  3. will make confident contributions in meetings
  4. will collaborate and respect the contribution of others in panel discussions
  5. are aware of the constraints and opportunities faced by the council

These skills are preferred but not essential, and training opportunities will be provided. Members will contribute as individuals, not as representatives of any organisation or group.

How often will the panel meet?

We will need new members of the panel to attend a selection workshop in March 2021, with the first meeting planned to start in April 2021.

Panel members commit to attending monthly meetings on a Tuesday evening, and to reading background papers beforehand. Each member is appointed for a year to start with, and will have the opportunity to carry on being involved beyond that initial year.

What are the benefits?

We will provide you with the support needed for your role as a Panel member through free training. This might include help with reading plans and maps, understanding development proposals, or getting your views across in panel meetings.

Members also have an opportunity to influence how the Panel evolves. Additional support, such as travel expenses, will be available.

How can I apply?

We will ask you to fill in a short application form once you’ve contacted Frame Projects. 

If shortlisted, we will invite you to attend a workshop with other candidates, before making a final selection.

Applicants will need to be 18 or older to be part of the panel.

How can I get involved?

If you’re interested and want to find out more, please send an email to or call us on 020 3971 6167.

We’ll then send you a short application form to fill in.