(updated May ”17)
Neighbourhood plans are written by local people. In Parished areas (like in South Bucks), legally the Parish Council must lead the process. In unparished areas (like London), the law says that a ‘Neighbourhood Forum’ must be established to lead the process. In both cases, plans must be drawn up with significant local engagement and consultation.
The Ickenham Neighbourhood Forum was formally designated by the London Borough of Hillingdon on 15 December 2016, following a public consultation and consideration of whether the Forum met the all the legal requirements relating to governance and membership.
The Forum currently has about 200 members, who all live, work or are elected to represent Ickenham.
An interim committee was elected at a local meeting in March 2016 and a full committee was elected at our first Forum AGM, which was held in March 2017.
Our Committee are local residents Chris Mountain (chair), Simon Bowles (vice chair), Richard Jones, Jill Dalton, Grace Eminton, Andy Moreton, Gavin Roberts, Joanne Hudson and Joan Waters.
A full list of Forum members at the time of our formal application can be viewed in our application to the Council, which also contains the justification for our area application and also our constitution:
In summer 2016 we successfully applied just over £1,000 Government grant funding to support the development of our plan. We spent about £500 on large laminated maps and room hire, and returned the rest at the end of the 16/17 FY. We have successfully applied for a second grant for a similar amount for 17\18 FY and (in October 2017) registered with Companies House to enable us to administer the grant after failing to find a local charity to administer it for us.
In 2017 we also successfully bid for professional support for a character assessment and to carry out a Communitiy Masterplanning exercise for the development sites near Hillingdon station.