Setting up a neighbourhood forum and area
How to get started
As a starting point, we would recommend that interested groups read the Tower Hamlets neighbourhood planning guidance notes (stage 1 and 2) and the Tower Hamlets service offer, as well as the application forms.
This will provide you with a full overview of the process of designating a neighbourhood area, becoming a designated neighbourhood forum and developing a neighbourhood plan, as well as the support the council and other organisations can provide during the process.
We want to ensure that your applications are approved in a smooth and timely manner. In order to support this process, we encourage interested groups to meet and begin discussions with the plan making team, well in advance of submitting an application.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7364 5009 to set up the meeting.
In order to increase the speed and ease of decision making, and to make the process more manageable for prospective forums, we strongly suggest that:
- first you should submit your application for a neighbourhood area
- secondly, once an area has been designated, you should submit your application for a neighbourhood forum.
Once you are a designated neighbourhood forum, you are able to progress with making a neighbourhood development plan or order.
The Tower Hamlets neighbourhood planning guidance notes (stage 1 and 2) and the Tower Hamlets service offer provides more information and support on this process.
Tel: 020 7364 5000