During the weekend's Talk About Local Unconference, we put aside a session on the general election which everyone attending was able to take part in. Planning for this year's election figures highly with many hyperlocal websites and the following … [Read more...] about General election 2015 planning for hyperlocals
The most powerful way to manage your neighbourhood plan development online is to use the tools Google provides for free - there's a guide below. I've fought loads of planning campaigns over the years (even helping win £1million from Network Rail for … [Read more...] about Quick, cheap, simple website and tools for your neighbourhood plan – 'Digital Tools and 'Neighbourhood Planning' event
Neighbourhood plans are a great idea but they need to be easy to produce and comprehend. The more complex and dense neighbourhood plans are, the fewer of them there will be. Is there any route to a genuinely simple neighbourhood plan that engages … [Read more...] about Neighbourhood plans – is there an easy way?
Mary Portas has published her review of town centre trading. I took part in a seminar she organised, where I made the point that town centres were generally non-existant or awful online. They fail to get across the great character of independent … [Read more...] about Portas review recommends hyperlocal sites for town centres
Localism Bill Much has been spoken about the changes to the planning system as a result of the Localism Bill - some welcome 'a new right for communities to draw up a ‘neighbourhood development plan’' whilst others, such as the National Trust, feels … [Read more...] about Understanding neighbourhood planning changes in the Localism Bill
Local websites can do a great job of alerting people to local planning applications. All too often people only find out what's happening when things are to late to inlufence the decision. You can follow a couple of simple steps on your local … [Read more...] about Content idea: planning applications