On Monday 21st October, the Arches ‘Chatham’ Neighbourhood Forum (ACNF) held their inaugural Annual General Meeting at Nucleus Arts Centre, Chatham. It was fantastic to see so many members of our community (residents, businesses, elected officials and council officers) engaged in planning for our shared future. We filled all of our officer roles for the Management Committee, voted in our constitution and forum members show interested in being involved in our working groups. The forum also agreed that we should start with two working groups, working group 1 is expecting to cover the environment and public realm, whereas working group 2 will on the local economy, housing and wellbeing. Continue reading “Annual General Meeting”
On Thursday 15th August 2019 the ACNF (Arches Chatham Neighbourhood Forum) formally became a designated Planning Area, to share this news and to increase awareness about neighbourhood planning, we held three drop-in events throughout our Planning Area;
– Monday 23rd September, MHS Homes Endeavour Foyer
– Wednesday 25th September, Arches Local (Big Local) Community Hub
– Thursday 26th September, The Pentagon Shopping Centre
On Wednesday 25th September, AECOM visited the ACNF area to deliver their Planning for our Future! workshop. The workshop revolved around a presentation on the power and scope of neighbourhood planning, participants were then asked to identify their hot issues, particularly those with a spatial dimension which lead to the group identifying a corridor for master planning/urban design purposes around Luton Road road area (dotted black line on capture map within the AECOM report). The final question around developing a common vision to underpin any plan was a theme throughout the discussion and common threads that emerged included;
Please find below information on Chatham Town Centre Concept Masterplan and delivery please make any comments you may have as directed or alternatively make your comments to us and we can feed back your thoughts in our submission before noon 30th September 2019
The future of our town centres is a major concern and is an important area of work for the new localplan. The council is preparing policies for the town centres and High Streets across Medway, and leading on regeneration and investment programmes. It has commissioned work on town centre masterplans and delivery strategies to support both its local plan work and regeneration. Plans have been drawn up for Strood, Chatham and Gillingham. This document has been prepared for Chatham.
Taking into consideration conversations and point raised during our consultation event about our designated we are happy to report we have reflected these in the latest version of the proposed designated area (please see below) to be submitted to Medway Council.
Through out 2018 we have been discussing with our community and stakeholders, creating a Neighbourhood Plan for our area. We have chosen its aims and objectives which are for the Forum to produce a Neighbourhood Plan to improve the social, economic, environmental and general well-being of individuals living in a designated area and to further the interests of businesses operating in the same area who support the Neighbourhood Plan aims. It shall operate without distinction or discrimination on the grounds of gender, disability, sexual orientation or race, or of political, religious or other beliefs.