Public Meeting, March 1st: Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum

The Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum is holding a public meeting on Saturday 1st of March 14.00 – 17.00 at the Cliftonville Community Centre,St. Pauls Rd, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent, CT9 2DB. Map.

The Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum began as a group of volunteers coming together talk about the  future of the places they love and call home. We constituted the Forum in August 2013. We hope you will be able to join us at the meeting and share ideas to help shape the future of the place we live in. If you’ve only got a little time, you can drop in at any point.  Your ideas are important!

At the beginning of the meeting there will be brief introductions – to explain the Neighbourhood Planning policy, Localism in general and an introduction to the Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum.

There will be lots of opportunities for you to participate, give us your opinions and share ideas.

Everyone is  welcome to join the forum and help take our Neighbourhood plan forward.

A series of market style stalls will be arranged around the room. Each stall will represent
a Topic of Interest that is an aspect of our proposed  Neighbourhood Plan.

Forum members will be at the stalls to hear your views and discuss the process.

We hope you will join the forum. Everyone’s opinions are important!

At present, The Topics of Interest  groups are:

– REGENERATION: sites of special interest
– HERITAGE: preserving the built environment
– DESIGN: quality development & the public realm
– ACTIVE COAST: enhancing the seafront
– HOUSING: community balance
– TRANSPORT: ease of movement
– ECONOMY: vibrancy & prosperity
– ENVIRONMENT: quality of life

In 2011, as part of the the Localism Act, the Government has given communities more of a say in the development of their local area. Communities can draw up a Neighbourhood Plan, setting out a vision for an area and planning policies that will determine the future of the places where they live and work.

The Neighbourhood Plan will address local issues. The Neighbourhood Plan will sit within the context of the Local Plan, drawn up by the Council, which will address strategic issues. Neighbourhood plans need to be compatible with national policies and the policies in the Council’s local plan.

If a neighbourhood plan is adopted it will become a statutory plan and be used in making decisions on planning applications.

In August 2013 a group of volunteers constituted the Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum and began working towards making a plan. 

The proposed Margate Neighbourhood Plan area includes the seven wards of Garlinge: Salmestone: Dane Valley: Cliftonville East: Cliftonville West:  Margate Central: Westbrook: