The RTPI in conjunction with Planning Aid England and DCLG held two events recently in Birmingham and London to publicise the consultation on the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations.
The events were extremely well attended and included some excellent presentations from DCLG on the Regulations, the RTPI on their view of Neighbourhood Planning as well as Planning Aid providing an insight into their work on the ground and how communities themselves are getting to grips with this exciting new tool to define a vision for their areas.
The presentations were followed by a series of workshops to gather the views of delegates not only on the Regs but also on the whole notion of Neighbourhood Planning. The comments will be fed into the RTPI's response to the Regs consultation which closes on January 5th 2012. The Regulations can be found here.
The events were very well received by the attendees and sparked some interesting debate. They were also a good opportunity for delegates to quiz DCLG on the technical aspects of Neighbourhood Planning as well as for DCLG to set straight some of the myths that have emerged around the concept.