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Neighbourhood Plan

The Town Council has started the process of creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Abingdon.  

How do you begin to understand a complex and historic place such as Abingdon?

PLACE Assessment: 

This system of PLACE assessment – Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Culture and Engineering – is one way of breaking down these complex and interrelated issues into five different categories. These 5 x downloads at the bottom of the page will help you ask the right questions about the places around you. The answers will help provide a better understanding about the variety of topics that the neighbourhood plan can focus upon.

How to run your own local PLACE assessment

  1. Download copies of the PLACE handbooks from the town council website
  2. You will also need to download a copy of a map of your local area – free online mapping services work just fine
  3. Working with as a group of 5 x local residents, each member of the group takes one of the handbooks and a map
  4. As a group, walk around a defined part of your neighbourhood, making observations based on the prompts and questions in the booklet – or you can run a digital version using Zoom and Google maps
  5. This exercise should take no more than 2-3 hours max. perhaps on a weekend
  6. Photograph/screenshot and email your results back to us, or print and post
  7. Do let us know what you think of the exercise – we always want to improve things!

Who are the people that prepare a neighbourhood plan?

Well, it is usually a steering group, made up of both local people and elected councillors. This steering group will often work alongside an appointed consultant (in this case, Feria Urbanism) on behalf of the “qualifying body” – which in this case is Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council. To find out what sort of skills are needed for an effective and well-balanced steering group, click on the PDF document below titled "Skills Audit" to find out more.


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