We are part of a working group working closely with Ramsgate Town Council to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Ramsgate. The Neighbourhood Plan is an important statutory planning document that sits alongside the Thanet District Council (TDC) Local Plan and has to be taken into account by TDC officers and councillors when determining planning applications in Ramsgate. The difference between the two plans is that the Local Plan contains strategic policies for the district such as the locations and number of houses to be built over the plan period (2011 to 2031) whilst the Neighbourhood Plan is about how these strategic policies should be implementing locally in Ramsgate.
The Ramsgate Neighbourhood Plan Team is considering a number of draft policies for inclusion in the plan. These cover design and the built environment, the local economy, the natural environment including green spaces, parks and public gardens and the provision of social infrastructure.
The Neighbourhood Plan Team would like to know your views on these issues, so as a member of The Ramsgate Society you are invited to a drop-in exhibition and public consultation on Saturday 25th November 10am to 2pm at Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate. There will be the opportunity to talk to members of the Neighbourhood Plan team and input your thoughts into the process.
The Neighbourhood Plan will be the subject of a local referendum before it is adopted so we are anxious that your views are incorporated into the document at an early stage so that there is general support from local residents for the policies and recommendations.
Do please make a note in your diary to come along and let us have your thoughts on what are some very important topics that will affect the future of Ramsgate for the next twenty years or so.
Sir Terry Farrell CBE has called on the planning profession to embrace the opportunities presented by the continuing technology revolution.
Speaking at a ceremony at which he became only the 15th person in more than a century to be awarded the RTPI’s Gold Medal, the architect, planner and urban designer said emerging technologies were set to “transform” the planning profession.
”We may get to the point where we don’t have planning committees,” said Sir Terry, “instead having decisions on planning applications made through the equivalent of game simulators where you can press a button to decide yes or no.”