Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Group
ALW supports and facilitates the Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Group which has been meeting since the beginning of 2012. The Planning group is the forum that brings together residents to talk about planning and land use related issues. The purpose of the Planning group is to respond to planning applications and development proposals in the area, with the aim of keeping what is good about Lawrence Weston and improving what is less good.
Membership is open to: (1) any person living or working in the area of benefit and to other individuals, including persons elected to a representative role for the area, who are be interested in furthering the aims of the group (2) organisations based in, or operating in, the area of benefit
The planning group meet on the last Thursday of the month at Lawrence Weston Youth Centre at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
The government has introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development. A neighbourhood development plan sets out general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. Once adopted, it becomes the statutory planning document for the area.
What has been happening in Lawrence Weston?
Over recent years a number of key sites have become available and a number of sites have been cleared. Residents are keen that the community has a genuine say in what is built on these sites.
The Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Group (LWNPG) started meeting in 2012. It has over 30 resident members and elected local councillors. The group designated Lawrence Weston as a Neighbourhood Planning area in 2013 and is now recognised by Bristol City Council as the body responsible for pulling together the Neighbourhood Development Plan for the area.
Initially residents came together to create a Community Plan for the area. The Community Plan sets out a vision for the neighbourhood that reflects local needs and aspirations. This involved extensive consultation and involvement of local people through door to door research, newsletters, social media, regular meetings, events, drop ins and press releases.
The Neighbourhood Development Plan draws its priorities from the Community Plan and focuses on development and use of land. It sets out objectives on key themes including; housing, traffic and transport, parks and green spaces, jobs and skills, community facilities, retail, health-wellbeing and urban design.
What happens next?
A draft plan has now been written. We are interested in feedback from the community and other stakeholders before the plan is finalised. Once finalised there will be a further 6 week consultation period after which time there will be an independent examination of the plan and finally a referendum. In other works, Lawrence Weston residents get an opportunity to vote for the plan. By early 2015 Lawrence Weston could have its own local statutory planning document. It will be one of the first neighbourhoods of its kind to have such a document.
How you can get involved?
The planning group meets on the last Thursday of the Month. You are welcome to attend these meetings as a local resident. The time is 7pm at Lawrence Weston Youth Centre, Long Cross.
Mark Pepper, Chair of Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Group
Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Group – Constitution, minutes and useful docs
Read minutes to our previous meetings here:
Read our design statement here: