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Welcome to the live Neighbourhood planning champions web chat. I’m Emma from Locality. We’re really glad you could join us and look forward to meeting you all in Sheffield and Bristol. This is your chance to let us know what you’d like to see covered at the events and things you’d find it useful to know more about. Myself, Carole Reilly (Head of Neighbourhoods and Housing) and Francis Shaw (Neighbourhood Planning Officer) are here to answer your questions for the next hour.
We’re finalising programmes this week so they should be with you on Monday. I’ve popped it in draft format below so you have a rough idea of what will be happening. Please note this will still be subject to change.
12.00 pm Arrival, lunch and registration.
1.00 pm Introduction to the Champions event
Introduction from DCLG and Locality. We’ll introduce what will be covered over the next two days and explain how your feedback has helped structure this event.
1.30 pm The National Context. Policy and legislation update
The National picture for Neighbourhood Planning in England.
Review of Legislation and Policy context Since the Localism Act
Upcoming changes introduced in the Housing Bill.
2.30 pm What makes a good plan
Independent examiner Ann Skippers talks about her role as a Neighbourhood Plan examiner. Highlighting both good and bad practice, explaining the examination process and how you can support other Neighbourhood plan groups through the examination.
3.45 pm Tea & Coffee break
4.00 pm Breakout sessions
This session is designed to give you a more detailed look at one of the key issues for Neighbourhood Planning and help you develop the skills to problem solve with other neighbourhood plan groups.
Please pick one from the two options and sign up at registration.
• Community engagement
• Policy writing
5.00 pm The role of a Neighbourhood Planning Champion
This session will help identify what help is needed to maintain a strong champion network in the future. We will help you start to build your champion pledge and meet other champions in your area.
6.00 pm Check in. Free time. Optional surgeries.
A chance to ask specific questions of our Neighbourhood Plan experts. Book your 15 minute session at registration
7.30 pm Dinner & Networking
A chance for you to informally meet other Neighbourhood Planning champions from your area.
9.15 am Start and refreshments
9.30 am Sharing the Champions message
Led by our Locality Communication team. This session will help you learn the social media/press skills to spread the message about neighbourhood planning. It will enable you to create a ‘Champion action plan’.
11.00 am Your biggest challenge
Your chance to get on your Neighbourhood planning soapbox. Please sign up at registration for this session. It’s a chance to share your stories, questions & issues. You’ll have 2 minutes to talk and the group will have 5 minutes to discuss each topic.
11.30 am Brunch break
12.00 pm Breakout sessions
A chance to repeat one of the sessions from yesterday.
Please pick one from the three options and sign up at registration.
• Environmental issues (EIA/SEA)
• Housing needs
1.00 pm The way forward
This session will help you complete your Neighbourhood Planning Champion pledge and identify the next three steps you will take forward.
2.00 pm Lunch and close