Who are the HopCroft Neighbourhood Forum?
- The 'Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park Neighbourhood Forum' (HopCroft Forum for short) are a community association made up of resident volunteers, who are working together on a Neighbourhood Plan for the designated area.
- The Forum was formally constituted by Lewisham Council in July 2014. The Forum, under the Localism Act (2011), is granted powers to lead the creation of a Local Neighbourhood Plan.
- The Forum has a formal constitution which sets out the aims and objectives for the neighbourhood.
- The Forum's purpose is to promote and improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Crofton Park & Honor Oak Park Neighbourhood. One of the ways it is working towards this goal, is through the Neighbourhood Plan, which puts forward policies to help guide the improvement and future development of the area.
- All residents interested in working towards this goal are encouraged to join the Forum. Members must work towards the objectives of the Forum’s constitution.
How to Get Involved
Become a Forum Member to have a voice in how your neighbourhood develops. Membership will be inclusive and reflective of the diverse community of the neighbourhood. There are two types of membership:
- Full Member – If you live or work within the designated neighbourhood boundary you can contribute to developing the Neighbourhood Plan and can vote at the Forum AGM.
- Associate Member – This membership is open to anyone who has an interest in the area, who may live just outside the boundary or who regularly visits and cares for the area. An associate member can contribute to the development of the plan, but cannot vote at the AGM.
To become a member fill out a Form.
The Steering Committee is a subset of the Forum, made of of local residents who have put themselves forward to help lead and drive forward the development of the neighbourhood plan. The committee is voted in at the AGM. If you'd like to be part of the committee please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is detailed out in the Governance Arrangements document.
What is Neighbourhood Planning?
In 2011 the Localism Act was established. It devolved a number of decision making powers to Local Authorities and Communities, as described in the “Plain English guide to the Localism Act”. It included some planning reforms allowing local communities to have a greater say in how their area developed by following a Neighbourhood Planning process, as detailed by National Planning Guidance.
The Neighbourhood planning process allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a Neighbourhood Plan that reflect their priorities, deliver tangible local benefits and have real weight in planning decisions. More information can be found on My Community website.
In 2014 a number of residents raised the desire to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the Crofton Park Ward area at one of the Crofton Park Ward Assembly meetings. As a result, the Crofton Park & Honor Oak Park Neighbourhood Forum was formed which has set in motion a neighbourhood planning process for the area.