The Localism Act (2011) and Neighbourhood Planning Regulations (2012) provide communities with the opportunity to shape their local areas through:
Neighbourhood Plans (which set policies for the development and use of land);
Neighbourhood Development Orders (which can permit development within a designated area without the need for planning permission); and
Community Right to Build Orders (which allow community organisations to bring forward small-scale development without the need for planning permission).
Before producing any of the above, a Neighbourhood Forum and a related Neighbourhood Area need to be designated by the council.
Consultation on Finsbury Park and Stroud Green Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications
The council is currently consulting on Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications for the Finsbury Park and Stroud Green area. The proposed Neighbourhood Area covers parts of Islington, Haringey and Hackney. Further information is available of the Islington Consultations webpage.
Designated Neighbourhood Areas/Forums
Crouch Hill and Hornsey Rise Neighbourhood Area
The council consulted on an application to designate a Neighbourhood Area from 28 August to 9 October 2015. This application can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. The name of the relevant body who applied for the designation is Crouch Hill and Hornsey Rise Neighbourhood Forum.
On 26 November 2015, Islington Council’s Executive considered this application and resolved to designate the Neighbourhood Area. This area is to be known as the Crouch Hill and Hornsey Rise Neighbourhood Area. A map which identifies the Neighbourhood Area can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. This is in accordance with the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), section 7.
The next step in the neighbourhood planning process would be for a group to apply to the council to be designated as the Neighbourhood Forum for the Neighbourhood Area. A designated Forum can produce a ‘neighbourhood plan’ for their designated area.
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum
On 4th February 2016 Camden and Islington Councils designated the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Area and Forum. The applications for designation were made by a community group called the Mount Pleasant Association.
The name of the Neighbourhood Forum is the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum and the name of the Neighbourhood Area is the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Area.
Following their designation, the Neighbourhood Forum can produce a neighbourhood plan and propose Community Right to Build Orders in the area.
The designation notice, the Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications (including the written constitution, contact details of the Forum and a map of Neighbourhood Area) can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Area covers parts of the boroughs of both Camden and Islington.
Emerging Neighbourhood Areas/Forums
There are several emerging Neighbourhood Areas/Forums in Islington:
Archway - Plan Archway, a group based in the Archway area, are developing Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications for the Archway area.
Crouch Hill and Hornsey Rise Neighbourhood Forum - the Crouch Hill and Hornsey Rise Neighbourhood Forum are working on a Neighbourhood Forum application for the designated Crouch Hill and Hornsey Rise Neighbourhood Area.
King’s Cross - Residents in the King’s Cross area made an outline application to designate a Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area to Islington and Camden Councils in April 2012. A formal application has not yet been received.
Advice and guidance
For more information on Neighbourhood Planning, including how to get a Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area designated, please download our short guide via the link at the bottom of this page.
Please contact the Planning Policy Team at LDF@islington.gov.uk if you require any further information or if you have any problems accessing the documents (i.e. any of the links are broken or direct to the wrong document).