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Neighbourhood Plan Independent Referral Service

April 2013

After attending a training/assessment course on Neighbourhood Planning Examinations run by the RICS and including assessors from RTPI, DCLG and Acre, Alyson became a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Independent Referral Service (NPIERS). Further information can be obtained from the following link

Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Referral Service (NPIERS)

Know your Community Rights; Localism six months on

16 November 2012

The aim of the workshop was to look at how organisations can use the Localism Act to help them develop the work they do in their communities and look at changes and developments over the last 6 months.

Sophie Michelena, Development Officer Locality Yorkshire and Humber and Ed Poulter, Rural Offier from Involve Yorkshire and Humber were the keynote speakers.

Sophie set out the support programme and eligibility criteria for Community Rights and Ed followed with some practical examples in the region with some useful learning points.

3 workshops followed:-

  • Collecting Evidence for Neighbourhood Plans Alyson Linnegar of Alyson Linnegar Planning Consultancy
  • Asset based community consultation Ann Hindley Cross Keys Associates
  • Practical implications of the rights of your projects Sophie Michelena and Ed Poulter

Over lunch delegates looked at a practical example of community consultation using an Ordnance Survey Plan of a 'neighbourhood' where participants could make comments on issues affecting the area directly onto the Plan.

The presentations, workshop summaries and evaluation of the day can be downloaded below

Know Your Community Rights: Localism six months on...

(09:30 - November 16th, 2012)

Following the success of the Localism Event in June a follow up event is to be held on 16 November 2012.

The event will look at how organisations can use the Localism Act to help them develop the work they do in their communities and look at changes and developments over the last six months. It will also provide those of you who have already started taking action under the Localism Act with a chance to exchange ideas and views with other groups in similar situations and get further advice and guidance.

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask for help and advice from experts, as well as useful workshops.

The day will begin with talks from Sophie Michelena from Locality and Ed Poulter, Rural Policy Officer for Involve Yorkshire and Humber. This will then be followed by the workshops:

  • Collecting Evidence for Neighbourhood Plans presented by Alyson Linnegar of Alyson Linnegar Planning Consultancy.
  • Community Consultation: How do you know there's a need for your project? presented by Ann Hindley of Cross Keys Associates.
  • Practical implications of the rights for your project presented by Sophie Michelena and Ed Poulter.

This will then be followed by lunch at 1pm.

The price for this event is just £15 including lunch. If you would like to book your place then download a booking from here.

Workshop - Are you ready for Localism?

15th June 2012

The aim of the workshop was to show community groups what help and support is available to undertake some of the planning, legal and community aspects of the Localism Act. These include preparing a neighbourhood plan, approving small developments without the need for planning permission, making a bid to take over services or to buy land building for community benefit.

Richard Bridge from Community Matters, the National Federation of Community Organisation was the keynote speaker who gave an excellent introduction to the Localism Act and the new rights. This was followed by 3 workshops on:

  1. neighbourhood planning and the community right to build
  2. looking at the feasibility of taking over a service or building
  3. putting the right legal structure in place.

The speakers presentations can be downloaded here.

Feedback from the delegates was very positive with most learning a great deal and being inspired to take on a project within their community

Launch Party

Thursday 12 May 2011

Alyson officially launched her Planning Consultancy on Thursday 12 May 2011 on the historic Spider T Humber Sloop moored at Keadby Lock in North Lincolnshire.

Alyson Linnegar at her launch event on the Spider T Alyson Linnegar at her launch event on the Spider T

A number of planning, housing and property professionals from around the Yorkshire and Humber region met to celebrate the occasion which was also an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Owner Mal Nicholson from Burringham, North Lincolnshire gave a short presentation on the boats' history. The Spider T, built in 1926 was used for carrying cargo and worked as such until 1972. In 1994 Mal bought the boat and restored her to her original condition on the outside with a period Edwardian interior. She has recently been named runner-up in the National Historic Ships Flagship of the Year award 2011.

For more information on the Spider T visit www.spidert.co.uk