What is the Bloomsbury Village Neighbourhood Planning Project?

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Hello, my name is Jim Murray and I am Chairman of the Bloomsbury Association. IA?d like to give you an introduction to our Bloomsbury Neighbourhood Planning Project.

The purpose of Neighbourhood Planning is to give local people and businesses greater ownership of the plans and policies which affect their local area.  This is enabled by new legislation that has now completed its passage through parliament and will shortly become law. The intention is to empower communities to take an active role in shaping the future of the areas in which they live and work.

The Bloomsbury Village Neighbourhood Planning Project is a genuine partnership between all the stakeholders of the neighbourhood that fronts The British Museum, covering an area of approximately 20 acres and is visited by over 7 million people each year. Through this project, we will seek ways to improve the social, economic and environmental aspects of Bloomsbury Village and restore some of the character that it seems to have lost over the years.

The advent of The Localism Act will, we hope, help us to achieve this by empowering everyone to have a real say in what happens in our neighbourhood.

We would like to see the outdated box ticking consultation culture replaced with a new culture of, Engagement though Dialogue that will ensure civic, corporate and social responsibility and allow the community to be involved in a totally transparent process.

We are setting the pace in Camden with the Camden Blueprint Project for Neighbourhood Planning, supported by Voluntary Action Camden, and our new dedicated neighbourhood planning web site which we hope will inspire you into action.

To make this happen we need YOUR involvement and, to that end, we invite you to participate by joining our Neighbourhood Forum and visiting our web site where we welcome YOUR participation, YOUR ideas and YOUR comments.

Useful Links:
Bloomsbury Neighbourhood Interactive Planning web site:
http://www.bloomsburyvillage.org

Project documentation:
http://camdencen.org.uk/Camden%20Blueprint-%20Bloomsbury%20Village%20Neighbourhood%20Plan.htm

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