The Forum Mission Statement
“Bring our community together to have a strong say in deciding the future shape of our area. It will preserve and enhance its special semi rural character and history”
What is the Neighbourhood Forum?
The Ham & Petersham Neighbourhood Forum represents everyone who lives or works in Ham and Petersham. The forum brings together service providers, businesses and community groups in the forum committee.
What the Forum Will Do
The key task for the forum is to write the Neighbourhood Plan which is designed to give local people the power of planning their local area. The Neighbourhood Plan must, by law, be accepted by the council and be included in its planning process after the community has voted for it at a referendum. The plan will set the framework for changes to the area for the next ten years. The Neighbourhood plan can not be anti-development in Ham & Petersham.
How the Local Community Can Be Involved?
The Ham & Petersham Forum is for everyone in the area. You are represented on the committee by community groups and local service providers. There are also four local resident representatives on the committee. The Forum holds regular public meetings where there are workshops on some of the possible future developments.
Funding for the Neighbourhood Forum
There is some government grant money and a small contribution promised by the council to help set up the forum and develop the plan. There may be some future funding from developers in the form of a share of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Find out more about the CIL
If you would like to get in touch please email the Forum at email@example.com
How will my opinions be used?
The Plan produced by the Forum will reflect the views and long term aspirations of local residents. It will also set out long term policies for Ham & Petersham’s future.
How will this translate into real action?
Once the community votes for the Plan, it joins other local, regional and national plans that the Council must ensure are followed when considering local planning matters.