Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Planning Forum, 2014 - 2020
The Localism Act 2011 gave local communities the power to set up Neighbourhood Forums to write planning policies for their area. Their Neighbourhood Plan policies would address locally-specific issues not covered by the public authorities in their more strategic Local Plans.
After moving to the Isle of Dogs in 2012, I discovered that Tower Hamlets Borough Council had been nodding through many huge residential buildings in this relatively small area adjacent to the Canary Wharf business district – each housing perhaps 1,000 people or more – without also planning and investing in sufficient social and physical infrastructure to support them.
So in 2014, working with local councillors and other residents, I set up the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Planning Forum to establish policies for the Council that would require developments to be supported by adequate infrastructure. Those policies became enforceable by the Council on 14th April 2020, following approval by the Council's Independent Examiner. Click here for further information.
As Chair, I not only led a large committee representing 45,000 diverse residents in our area, but also managed the drafting of our policies and our relations with the local authority and the media.