Dorset guide helps planners think creatively0
A new guide has been launched to help local people produce their neighbourhood plans.
The guide encourages local community planners to work with artists and creative people who can often use their skills in the planning process to reach a wider section of the local community in new and exciting ways.
The Localism Act (2011) introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape development in their villages and towns by coming together to prepare neighbourhood plans. These plans should involve a cross section of the local residents. This guide gives information about how creative practitioners can help with this process.
The guide has been produced by Dorset Design and Heritage Forum, a working group of the Dorset Cultural Partnership. Coordinated by Dorset County Council, it brings together environmental, cultural and planning expertise to champion good design and working creatively in planning and the environment. The guide has a foreword by Oliver Letwin MP and Janet Page, Chairman of the Dorset Association of parish and Town Councils.
The guide gives step by step advice on recruiting and involving a creative practioner in your neighbourhood plan.
The guidance is available for free download on N3 at: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/406313Nature/Network/Neighbourhood web pages.