The Forum has started a series of Community and Heritage walks around the neighbourhood. These are group walks by ad hoc groups of residents and Forum members and aim to increase out knowledge of our neighbourhood’s value and heritage. Each walk covers a different part of our neighbourhood and they generally last for about an hour and a half.
The walks are a fun way to take a fresh look at your surroundings, to meet new (and familiar) people and to get some fresh air and exercise; they’re open to all, details of the next walk is on our Facebook page if you want to join in. The walks will also document and photograph buildings etc (the “built environment”) in support of the ‘Heritage’ theme for our Neighbourhood Plan.
There are still opportunities to join the Forum’s Steering Group or to help with working groups. If you’re interested, contact us by E-Mail (address at the bottom of the page) or come to a meeting to talk about it or about the Forum’s work. Meeting dates are on our Facebook page (link at the bottom).
This website is the centre for information about the Queen’s Park Ward Area Neighbourhood Forum. The Forum is a group of people from the local community who live or work in the Queen’s Park electoral ward; anyone from that community can join. The Forum has been approved by the council to create a document called a Neighbourhood Plan. This will become a part of the Bournemouth Planning legislation which governs all planning applications in the ward.
More information about the Forum itself is on the ‘The Forum’ page and the plan itself is on the ‘The Plan’ page. More general information about Neighbourhood Planning and Plans, as well as links to some examples, is on the ‘Documents’ page. You can joint the Forum from the ‘The Forum’ page.
Our latest news is generally on our Facebook page (link at the bottom). You can use Facebook to comment, suggest ideas, volunteer or simply keep up with our progress.
The country is short of homes and not enough new ones are being built. The government intends to increase the number of new homes being created (Policy Paper). Bournemouth Council has assessed that the targets for new dwellings will almost double from the previous plans (White Paper). A Neighbourhood Plan will let us, the community, influence how our area changes.
A Neighbourhood Plan will give us statutory powers to shape the development of our area. The Plan will set planning policies for the neighbourhood area; these will be used to decide whether or not to approve Planning Applications.
This gives us, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority, a powerful tool to ensure we get the right types of development, in the right places.