The Forum aims to influence the planning and development of the neighbourhood in line with the needs of local people and organisations. To achieve this, the Forum will ensure availability of robust information about the nature of our community and clear identification of local needs, giving voice to local people and bringing them together to act.
The Forum will set out principles and criteria to inform planning and development. To achieve this in a comprehensive way, the Forum will cooperate with local organisations to avoid duplication of efforts and to ensure consistency in local endeavours and results.
The Forum will strive to be an accountable and effective partnership, deeply rooted in the local community, but also open to wider partnership in North Westminster and in the wider City.
The Neighbourhood Plan is being prepared by Westbourne Forum with a view to promoting and improving the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the Westbourne neighbourhood.
The Plan will aim to provide for everyone who lives, works, studies or otherwise has an active interest in Westbourne. It claims to be representative of the views of the local community in all its components and as a whole, to ensure that local planning is accountable to local people and based on continuous and strong connection with the wishes of the local community.
The Plan will reflect the Forum’s aims to influence the planning and development of the neighbourhood in line with the needs of local people.
In producing this Plan, the Forum endeavours:
- To ensure availability of robust information about the nature of our community and its needs.
- To set out principles and criteria to inform planning and development in order to promote:
- a good mix of facilities and amenities, including those that bring people together and foster community
- an attractive character and identity
- a more healthy environment
- a good quality physical environment
- a low carbon footprint
- local employment and enterprise.
The bottom line for all planning activities conducted by or in cooperation with the Forum is to make Westbourne a good place to live for people of different ages, ethnicities and cultures.