Free neighbourhood plan conferences for communities

May 31, 2012
Author: Hannah

This event has finished, but we are running a similar event in Bristol in February 2013.

Is your community looking for guidance and inspiration with your Neighbourhood Plan? Come along to one of our free ‘Planning Camps’, which are specially designed to give communities and Neighbourhood Planning Front Runners the tools and ideas to shape where they live.

Planning camps offer a combination of:

  • plenary sessions featuring people who have been there and done it
  • immersive design walks
  • hands-on workshops
  • networking with other neighbourhood planning groups

Over a hundred people attended the first Planning Camp at the Eden Project, but this time we’re coming to where you live!

The three residential summer events are taking place in Southampton, Birmingham and Leeds. All sessions, meals and accommodation are funded by our Neighbourhood Planning programme, in partnership with Locality.

Delegates networking at the Eden Project

If you’d like a taste of the sort of things you might be doing at the event, check out what happened at the last camp:

Visual minutes: These give you a visual idea of all the topics and ideas we talked about: like how communities can take a leadership role in planning, how to engage people in your local area and how the new Localism laws affect neighbourhood planning.

Planning Camp presentations: We heard from planning professionals, community engagement experts and from people whose local communities were creating their own neighbourhood plan.

‘How to’ blogs: These were produced as resources by presenters from the first Planning Camp – on how to use social media for neighbourhood planning and how to work with young people in neighbourhood planning.

Participants told us:

[The event was] 'a great 'ideas' catalyst'

'Very enjoyable, good company, great venue, enthusiastic presenters, well organised.'

Artists creating visual minutes at the first Planning Camp

Event dates

The events are taking place in Southampton (22-23 June 2012), Birmingham (29-30 June 2012) and Leeds (13-14 July 2012).

How to register for the events

The events are best suited to community groups and individuals involved in Neighbourhood Planning – primarily in one of the government’s Front Runner communities, but please do contact us even if your community doesn't fall within one of these areas.

Places are limited, so please register your interest to attend by filling in this simple online form.


6 responses to Free neighbourhood plan conferences for communities

  1. Greg Hewitt says:

    Hello, I filled out an interest request form, but have not heard back yet. Could you please provide me with more information about the Southampton event? I need to know so I can book the Friday off work.

    Kind Regards,


  2. Hannah says:

    Greg, the team will contact you asap!

  3. Naomi Dawson says:


    I'm interested in finding out more about the neighbourhood plan conference, please could you let me have details of timings for the sessions.

    Thank you


  4. Hannah says:

    Naomi, we'll get the team to contact you. Thanks for your interest.

  5. Sue says:

    I am located on the Isle of Wight. Sadly, I missed the Southampton event. Are there any more planned for this area in the future

  6. Hannah says:

    Sue, we don't have any more planned for that particular area, but would like to hold another somewhere in the UK. We've passed your details on to the team who arrange these so that they can let you know about the next one.

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