April 2012 – Oral Question Neighbourhood Planning Frontrunner Grant

by Nigel Bakhai on 3 April, 2012

Question

How is the council planning to dispense the £40,000 neighbourhood planning frontrunner grant from the government to help local residents’ associations, businesses and other community groups to set up neighbourhood forums and go through the process of adopting neighbourhood plans in Ealing and West Ealing?

Answer

The Leader of the Council said that Ealing Council had successfully won a £40,000 neighbourhood planning frontrunner grant from the government to carry out neighbourhood planning initiatives in both areas to find out how local people want them to develop in the coming years. The work will help shape future development. Whilst we want to maximise the benefit of regeneration opportunities such as Crossrail, we want to do so in a way that does not harm our existing community.

The council will meet with residents’ associations and business groups at a workshop scheduled for April 25th 2012 to give people living and working in the areas the chance to be involved in drawing-up the plans. Therefore, no decisions have been taken yet as to how the money will be spent.

Ealing and West Ealing are among 233 towns nationally to be given the go ahead by the government to begin neighbourhood planning initiatives.

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