Wednesday 27 October 2021

Neighbourhood Forum AGM and Bow Community Day Saturday 30th October

This Saturday 30th October from 1.00-4.30 is the Bow Community Day at St Paul's Old Ford. This event has a range of free activities and is well worth popping along to and is an opportunity to bring local people and the community together after a very tough time to celebrate the many good things about Bow and help make it an even better place to live, work and enjoy together.

At 2.30 pm is the Neighbourhood Forum Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is being held at St Paul's Old Ford in St. Stephen's Road. 

The coming year is a crucial time for the Neighbourhood Forum and Bow and will likely see a referendum of all Bow residents as to whether or not we should adopt the plan. More info is below.

MILESTONE REACHED: Draft Neighbourhood Plan submitted to Council

After more than five years of community engagement, research and writing, a draft neighbourhood plan for Bow was submitted to the Council by the Neighbourhood Forum in mid-October.. The plan and supporting evidence is on the Forum website

Next steps 

  • After the Council cabinet confirms all the required documents have been submitted on 24th November, the Council will hold an eight-week consultation on the plan during December and January.
  • The updated plan then goes to an Independent Examiner who checks the plan meets all the legal requirements.
  • If the Examiner recommends the requirements have been met, then the final step is a local referendum on the plan. .Everyone can vote who lives in the referendum area and is entitled to vote in local elections.
  • If a majority vote in favour, the plan becomes part of the statutory development plan for the area, sitting under the Tower Hamlets Local Plan 2031.

How can you get involved?
  • You can join the Neighbourhood Forum on their website. This entitles you to vote at Forum meetings.
  • Come to the Neighbourhood Forum Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is at 2.30 pm on Saturday 30th October at St Paul's Old Ford in St. Stephen's Road.
  • Consider joining the Forum committee, which will be elected on 30th October They need more people to help steer the plan through these final steps. The committee currently meets online once a month. They would love to hear from you if you are interested. Please send a short email to the Neighbourhood Forum at:           

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