Welcome to the Grove Park Neighbourhood Forum

Everyone who lives or works in the Neighbourhood Forum area is entitled to become a member and we want as many people as possible to join in our activities, as we try to shape Grove Park’s future.

Local communities are now entitled to have more of a say in the development of their local area by forming a Neighbourhood Forum and drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan. This plan, under the Localism Act 2011, must be in tune with existing planning rules and will help all of us in the local community to influence the future of Grove Park by choosing what we think is important for the area in terms of buildings, planning, design and environment.

The newly-designated area of the Forum includes all of Grove Park ward and some small, but important, related areas of Downham and Whitefoot Wards – see the designated area map for details. When our plan is ready, all residents in the area will then get a vote on the outcome.

To join the Grove Park Neighbourhood Forum please enter your details here and, if you live or work within the designated area, we can enrol you as a member of the forum.

Next Steps

The next thing we have to do is to draw up our Neighbourhood Plan and you can read here the next steps we have to take. We have to base our plan on the evidence base of key matters such as who lives and works here, environmental issues, heritage, landscape, sustainable transport, housing etc.

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The Baring Hall Hotel and Grove Park Town Centre in the early days

Once our plan has been completed, it will have to be submitted to the local authority and then be subjected to an independent examination. This will make sure that the proper legal process has been followed and that the plan meets the basic conditions, including general conformity with strategic local policy.

This site is a point of information for all who are or want to be involved. Please keep an eye on the site for news and information on how the process in creating a Neighbourhood Plan is developing. Please enter your details here if you live or work in Grove Park and would like to be an active member of the Forum. If you don’t want to join but want to find out more please contact us here.