tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:/posts Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum 2019-07-03T22:52:43Z Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1427505 2019-07-03T22:46:22Z 2019-07-03T22:52:43Z Sneinton's Conservation areas are officially "At Risk" and in a "Very Bad" condition... but maybe it's not all bad news

There are nearly 10,000 Conservation Areas across England and just 502 of these (about 5%) are considered "At Risk" by Historic England. Unfortunately both of Sneinton's Conservation Areas fall in to this category- meaning that the heritage value is in danger of being lost due to neglect, decay or inappropriate development.

Above: Sneinton Market and Old Sneinton Conservation Areas- both "At Risk"

Why should we care?

The benefits of living in a Conservation Area include the quality of the environment, which is generally better maintained due to stricter controls over what can be built. Particularly in large and long-established Conservation Areas, house prices tend to be higher which reflects the attraction of an improved quality of the environment and the likelihood that the area remain stable over time. Generally, Conservation Areas tend to match peoples' strong positive values associated with green, peaceful residential areas. This can create a good sense of community, and a distinctive sense of place which can be good for community cohesion. These positive effects can spread to areas adjacent to a conservation area as well.

On the other hand, living in a Conservation Area can come with some restrictions- basically peoples' property rights are taken away by stricter planning controls, so they have less choice when it comes to altering their property or building new developments. This can make new development less viable, potentially limiting business opportunities and the provision of services and housing.

The benefits of an "At Risk" Conservation Area are more likely to be outweighed by the disadvantages- the restrictions remain whilst the positive aspects are reduced by neglect, decay or inappropriate development. The good news is that the Sneinton Market Conservation Area is said to be "improving significantly" whilst Old Sneinton is "improving". This is a turn around from the 2015 At Risk Register- when both areas were designated as "deteriorating".

What can be done?

It is important that we try to move Sneinton's Conservation Areas out of this limbo state. Removal of the "At Risk" status requires there to be significant positive changes AND a plan by the Local Authority created to manage the area and implement improvements. If these changes are not forthcoming then at some point we need to ask the question- are our Conservation Areas worth having?

Sources

2015 East Midlands At Risk Register

2018 East Midlands At Risk Register

An Assessment of the Effect of Conservation Areas on Value

Notitngham Post: At Risk Heritage in Notts

Map of Nottingham Conservation Areas



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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1422540 2019-06-21T13:16:20Z 2019-06-21T13:16:20Z Burrows Court- New housing plans at the base of the Sneinton's landmark tower block

Back in 2016 we wrote about the long and troubled history of Burrows Court in Sneinton, which sits within our Neighbourhood Plan area.

Built in 1967, 21 stories high on a hilltop site and containing 130 flats... Burrows Court on Windmill Lane is by far Sneinton's most prominent building. And yet it has stood empty for over a decade, passed through a series of owners' hands, become an eyesore and a thorn in the side of local residents and hosted fires, squatters, urban explorers and even featured in a gruesome murder case. Read more from our 2016 story...

Since then, property developer Stace LLP have taken on the site, and in 2018 put forward a planning application to build a language centre, 40 additional flats (adding to the 130 flats in the refurbished tower) and around 20 new houses on the land surrounding the tower. Nottingham Post article on the 2018 plans

View of the 2018 proposals

The 2018 application was never decided, and now the developer has put forward revised plans, removing the language centre and adding more houses. Nottingham Post article on the 2019 plans

You can view the plans and make comments: Link to the detailed planning application on the Council's website

Leave your comments below if you'd like them to be considered as part of the Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum's response to the plans.








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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1105234 2016-11-03T16:28:20Z 2016-11-03T16:28:20Z We value our parks, but are they forever?

Time and again in consultations and interviews in Sneinton the subject of parks and open space comes up. Usually, people tell us that there is not enough open space around Sneinton, but what we have (for example, King Edward's Park, the Windmill Park, Trickett's Park and Colwick Woods) is greatly appreciated. In our visions of the future, trees, gardens, grass, public space and and green space are often desired.

Above: Word cloud of resident's visions, collected during the Sneinton Vision project.

If you take a look at the Sneinton Neighbourhood Plan area, there is actually a fair amount of green space around the neighbourhood, but it tends to be difficult to access and lumped together at the edges of Sneinton, rather than evenly distributed throughout. The Mounts, located just off Sneinton Dale, are relatively unknown and have in the last few years been largely fenced off. Colwick Woods, just yards from the top of Sneinton Boulevard, and the end of Colwick Road, are only accessible from a couple of relatively hidden points. The Friends of Colwick Woods (a Forum member organisation) have been working hard to try to get the access to the woods improved.

Above: Sneinton Neighbourhood Plan area: Surprisingly green

As 'austerity' cuts bite ever deeper, many people are unaware that parks have no protected status, and councils can dispose of 'informal recreation space' without having a duty to consult.

"Unlike education or libraries, parks are a discretionary service which councils have no statutory duty to provide... All local authorities have to make tough decisions over funding and the temptation for cash-strapped councils to auction off assets is significant; not only to generate immediate income, but also remove a longer term maintenance liability."(1)

But there are alternatives. Some councils are recognising the value of parks and protecting them as "Fields in Trust", giving them protected status:

"Edinburgh Council has estimated that for every £1 spent on green infrastructure, around £12 of social, economic and environmental benefits are delivered through the community use of parks and green spaces. Earlier this year Glasgow Council dedicated 27 sites across the city with Fields in Trust – securing forever these playgrounds and parks as recreational space. The council’s open spaces strategy recognises the health, wellbeing and play benefits green space provides and have committed to its upkeep forever." (1)

In Halifax, Yorkshire, a "Healthy Living Park" initiative has been launched, to recognise the role that parks play in keeping us healthy, and to encourage positive use. Would this work in Sneinton? And could we encourage our Council to protect our parks with "Deeds of Dedication... a legally binding document which means each Field is protected for future generations to enjoy." (2)?



References:
(1) New Start: What is the value of a park? http://newstartmag.co.uk/articles/what-is-the-value-of-a-park/
(2) Fields in Trust: http://www.fieldsintrust.org


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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1105058 2016-11-03T02:00:59Z 2016-11-03T02:00:59Z Update: Research project underway

Eighteen Architecture students from Nottingham Trent University are conducting a research project in Sneinton. They have completed hundreds of observations on 'transect walks' across the area. Around 2o interviews have also been conducted with local residents and workers. 

The results are being brought together through an online map. This will be published at the end of the project, and used as evidence for the Neighbourhood Plan.

Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum members and locals have been very generous with their time. Following our appeal for help, several have already come forward to take part in the research. Their local knowledge has been invaluable to the researchers. 

If you would like to take part in this research, please get in touch with Tom Hughes*:

Phone/text 07751958003 or email tom.hughes@ntu.ac.uk

*(SNF board member and NTU senior lecturer)


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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1101313 2016-10-23T15:03:36Z 2016-10-23T19:19:22Z Can you lend your local knowledge to contribute to our Neighbourhood Plan?

Forum members and friends are invited to help:

Sneinton residents and people who work in the area are being invited to join a group from Nottingham Trent University as they help the Forum research the area. The info they gather will add to the case for our Neighbourhood Plan:

 "We are a group of students at Nottingham Trent University who, under the guidance of Tom Hughes, are undertaking a research project to aid in the preparation of your Sneinton Neighbourhood Plan. We are going to be looking specifically at the topic of People, Power and Planning within the local community.

 "As primary research we are going to do a series of walks across Sneinton, this in our view being the best way to get to know the area and get a sense of what it is like to live in Sneinton. We will be asking local residents and passers-by some questions and we would like to invite any of your members to join us on the walk, to help us learn about the area and to point things out to us along the way. 

"If the idea of a walk doesn’t appeal to all, a simple chat at a nearby café would be much appreciated (Drinks are on us!)

 "We look forward to hearing back from you soon"

If you would like to take part in this research and help build the plan, please get in touch with Tom Hughes (SNF board member and NTU senior lecturer):

Phone 07751958003 or email tom.hughes@ntu.ac.uk

Thank you!

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1098190 2016-10-12T17:26:53Z 2016-10-12T17:26:54Z dOSH Sneinton: Working group formed

The three public meetings called by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum have resulted in the formation of a working group. This group, working independently and with representation of a number of local community groups, aims to help save the Old School Hall by working on feasibility of repair and reuse, sustainable ideas for the Hall's future and business planning.

The group is called dOSH: development of the Old School Hall.

dOSH website

dOSH facebook

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1096701 2016-10-07T08:38:15Z 2018-01-15T17:38:27Z Community rallies to help the Old School Hall

The second Old School Hall open public meeting took place on 26th September. The meeting, called again by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum was well attended. 

To catch up on the challenges facing the community building, please check out these previous posts: Schools Out... Forever? Old School Hall meeting packed with hopes, fears and ideas...

It was great to have the Old School Hall Community Association represented this time by Gillian Dack who could not make the previous meeting date. Community group WIND, who take care of the Windmill Park which surrounds the building were able to provide useful context. STARA and users of the Hall from the Lindy Hop group and others made valuable contributions. Bea from the Renewal Trust facilitated sessions, along with Sneinton Alchemy's Steve and Tom from the Forum. Marc Petrucci represented Nottingham City Council.

Above: in happier times... the Lindy Hop group at the Old School Hall

The aim of this event was to

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1090590 2016-09-16T00:33:39Z 2018-01-15T17:35:58Z Old School Hall meeting packed with hopes, fears and ideas...

The Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum hosted meeting on Monday 12th September saw a strong turn out, with over 60 people from across the community coming together to hear from the Council, The Renewal Trust and the Community Centre Committee. The Council set out their reasons for closing the Old School Hall and considering it's demolition, should a funded and viable proposal not come forward to save it. A statement from the Sneinton Old School Hall Community Association Committee was also read out (see documents below).

After hearing the information and a Q&A session during which a number of different visions for the future were put forward, a 'world cafe' style discussion took place to discuss ideas and what the community could bring to the project.

A great deal of information and ideas were generated, a summary of which has been put together - see documents below.

What Happens next?

A follow up meeting

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1085103 2016-08-30T11:50:57Z 2016-11-03T02:20:23Z School's Out... Forever?

Come along to a public meeting hosted by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum to find out what's going on with the Old School Hall: Meet outside the Hall at 6:30pm on Monday 12th September. All welcome.

Update: See the meeting outcomes and news of the next meeting on our follow up post.

Update: Working group forms to take ideas forward to save the hall

Over the last month,  rumours have been circulating on social media and through word of mouth, that the historic Old School Hall on Windmill Lane is to be demolished early in September. Quite a few upset residents have asked us what we know about this, so we decided to dig a bit deeper to provide you with an accurate account of what is happening with the Hall.  

The building has fallen into a poor physical state of repair, and so It is not safe to let it continue to be open to the public.  A decision has been made by the City Council  to

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/1071649 2016-07-11T10:11:16Z 2016-07-11T10:14:06Z Our Sneinton: Your Forum

The ‘Our Sneinton’ Project has helped spread the word about Neighbourhood Planning in support of Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum. The energy and enthusiasm among local people to have their say on improving quality of life in Sneinton have really shone out.

There is a real appetite for community activism in Sneinton, however fighting immediate problems absorbs much of the energy, and forward planning takes a lower priority. In common with many urban areas we have to recognize that people have less capacity for direct involvement in developing a Neighbourhood Plan compared to a ‘leafy suburb’ or village.

Ironically of course, we need to plan ahead to tackle the big challenges we face: isolation, community cohesion, health, economic prospects and wellbeing can all be improved by better community ownership of the neighbourhood, improved buildings and better public spaces. A Neighbourhood Plan is really needed.

Tom Hughes, Steering Group member of the Forum said: “Our Sneinton has helped identify the community’s diversity, and multitude of differing needs. We now have a clearer picture of the geographical and political patchwork of Sneinton, which naturally makes it difficult for people to think in terms of ‘area wide’ solutions.

“That said, a lot of work on building cohesion has already been done, the foundations of a Neighbourhood Plan have been laid, and a clear roadmap has been produced for our future work. Thank you Our Sneinton!”

Above: Sneinton patchwork, by Laura Alvarez


 

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/991707 2016-02-12T06:22:32Z 2016-02-12T06:34:18Z Our Sneinton: we want action!

There was a great turn out on Thursday night for the 'Our Sneinton' event brought to us by Sneinton Alchemy.

Issues such as health, the environment, development and planning, community rights were on the agenda. There were speeches and information, plenty of debate and great networking.

There was also a real sense of urgency and action too- that we have a grip on what the problems are, now it's all about prioritisation and action.

Development in Sneinton was a case in point- information displays on 

all pointed towards solutions being urgently needed, and in some cases found.

Perhaps most positive of all were the models produced by Nottingham Trent students for a proposed new building on the Growin' Spaces allotments; a small scale project but a great demonstration of practical and applied design work which will enhance our area. 

It was all rounded off in Sneinton style with food, music and a good chat to old and new friends and neighbours. 

Congratulations to the Our Sneinton team for putting together a seriously good event!


Want action on Neighbourhood development? Apply to join the Forum now!


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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/988568 2016-02-08T12:25:00Z 2016-02-08T12:25:00Z Burrows Court: Sneinton's Icon and Eyesore

Built in 1967, 21 stories high on a hilltop site and containing 130 flats... Burrows Court on Windmill Lane is by far Sneinton's most prominent building. And yet it has stood empty for over a decade, passed through a series of owners' hands, become an eyesore and a thorn in the side of local residents and hosted fires, squatters, urban explorers and even featured in a gruesome murder case. 

What's to become of Burrows Court?

Find out more at the Our Sneinton event on Thursday 11th Feb...

Burrows Court in 1972. Picture courtesy of Picture the Past

The original vision

In the 1960s high rise buildings like Burrows Court were seen as the future of housing - clean modern and efficient buildings surrounded by fresh air and open space, replacing the grim unsanitary slums of our industrial past. Burrows Court must have seemed to some like a shining beacon showing the way to a cleaner, brighter future. It's the same thinking that saw St Anns demolished and replaced with a new estate, and which nearly drove new multi-lane highways through Sneinton and The Park Estate. According to local author Chris Matthews, Nottingham was very nearly Birmingham...

But the plans were never completed, Sneinton survived and Burrows Court now stands in stark contrast to the low rise terraced housing around. The original tower block served for nearly 27 years before undergoing a major refurbishment in 1994/5. Windows were replaced, concrete was repaired and the block was painted white, giving us the Burrows Court that now graces our skyline. 

But the writing was on the wall for Burrows Court, and just ten years later, the Council took the decision to get out of the building for good.

Burrows Court on the Sneinton skyline

The Council sell-off

What had gone wrong? Despite the facelift, the block had 54 vacant flats and the Council was facing a bill of £4 million in refurbishments (including an electrical upgrade) - equivalent to £30,000 per flat. It saw these refurbishments as essential if it was bring the block back in to positive use. The Council was also reporting crime, drug dealing and other antisocial behaviour in the area, which it attributed to the 'isolated location' and the design of the block and the surrounding parking structures. 

In 2005 the decision was taken to sell the block off to a private developer, and re-house the existing tenants. 

Upmarket plans

A planning brief was set by the Council for any new owner that would require the block to be retained rather than demolished. Some developers saw this as a block to profitability, as the number of new homes that could be built on the site was very limited. The alternative seemed to be to aim for the luxury end of the market, refurbishing the tower and building low rise housing around - perhaps in an attempt to market the project as an extension to Nottingham city centre rather than a piece of Sneinton. With this in mind, the site was sold to a developer, reportedly from Israel, and plans were drawn up for a spanking new development. This was given planning permission in 2010... and then nothing happened. 

2010 plans for an upmarket development. Image via Estate Office Property Consultants

Steady decline

The steady decline of Burrows Court continued at the hands of vandals and squatters, becoming an notorious eyesore with broken windows and several fires. The unfortunate building also featured prominently in the gruesome Kevin Kennedy murder case, when the victim's body (or rather most of it) was found in a shallow grave next to the block.

Burrows Court in 2012. Picture via DerelictPlaces.co.uk

Social/student housing plans

The next attempt to bring Burrows Court back to life was made by a 12 Housing, a developer backed by sporting personalities Carl Froch, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert. 12 Housing specialise in student housing, and a new stripped-down planning permission was put in, to upgrade the flats with new windows and wall insulation. Permission was granted in 2013, and the future looked assured after Housing Association Tuntum got involved and HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) government funding of £2.3m appeared to be in the bag. However by 2014, Tuntum was reporting that HCA funding had been withdrawn and it was having to write off all the work it had committed to the project. Once again, Burrows Court was left to rot.

Burrows Court proposals from 2013, via 12 Housing

What's next for Burrows Court?

And now, in 2016, it is reported that a developer called "Landmark Capital Developments" are planning to spend £12m on Burrows Court, to create what the architect describes as "a contemporary residential destination for the city."  Demolition and stripping-out activity seems to have stepped up on the site recently, and a planning application was expected in January 2016 but has not yet appeared on the Council's planning portal... so watch this space...



Find out more at the Our Sneinton event on Thursday 11th Feb...

To have a say on the future direction of planning in Sneinton, join the Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum: It's quick, easy and effective! Find out how to join here...

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/977804 2016-01-25T10:36:12Z 2016-02-01T20:42:16Z Making the Plan Fit

Neighbourhood Plans are all about adding local knowledge and fine grain to encourage good development that makes sense in a specific area. To work, they need to fit with and complement higher-level planning policy at National and City-wide levels.

So it's great that our working relationship with Nottingham City Council's planning team continues to be a positive one. At a recent meeting in Loxley House we were guided through the recently published Local Plan Part 2 (Land and Planning Policies) document, made aware of the current consultation on the 'Island Site' adjacent to the Neighbourhood Plan area and were able to discuss the various development sites around about. We also hope to work out a system so that we're more aware of planning application in and around the plan area so that we can comment and alert our members to consultations, and the planning team provided us with some of the census and mapping information we'll need in the coming months.

UPDATE 29/1/2016: Consultation is formally open on the Local Plan Part 2, running until March 11th 2016. Get your voice heard: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/article/30753/Consultation-on-the-Land-and-Planning-Policies-Document

To find out more, please join the Forum and/or come along to the Our Sneinton event on Feb 11th. Hope to see you there!

Pictured above (L to R): Shabana Najib (Senior Community Organiser, Our Sneinton), Brian Grundy (Chairperson of Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum), Tom Hughes (SNF steering group member), David Thomas (Development Worker, Our Sneinton), Matt Gregory and Steve Ryder (Nottingham City Council Planners).

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/972284 2016-01-16T19:42:09Z 2018-01-15T16:56:40Z Say it Loud: I LOVE SNEINTON

"It's our Sneinton" is phrase we've heard a lot from our friends and neighbours in the area, a great sign that many people feel a sense of ownership and belonging in the area. But it's often balanced by a view that we're not properly listened to when it comes to tackling local problems and making decisions about what happens next.

So "Our Sneinton" is a great name for a new project which aims to inform people in the area about their Community Rights - including the Sneinton Neighbourhood Plan - and support them to get active in the community and have a voice. 

We're excited about an event that Our Sneinton are organising on February 11th 2016: It's called "I LOVE SNEINTON" and it will feature a load of great ways to find out about the progress we're making on the Neighbourhood Plan and to have your own input. 

The Our Sneinton Team have been hitting the streets with their pop up booth, and out pounding the pavements to bring you their first of 3 newsletters, which you can read and download here. It's packed with great background information on Community Rights, Neighbourhood Planning and how you can get involved.


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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/921646 2015-10-24T12:50:18Z 2015-10-24T12:50:18Z Next steps: Developing the Sneinton Neighbourhood Plan

Exciting times for the Sneinton Neighbourhood as we move into the Neighbourhood Plan production stage. We need input and ideas from across Sneinton, so please join the Forum or get in touch now!

Now we have a Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum officially recognised and a plan area designated (see "Thumbs up for the Forum"), we can start work on the development of the Plan itself. We have quite a bit of the required background work as a result of our efforts to define the plan area and recruit Forum members, now we need to turn this into specific planning policies and identify priority projects - these will make up the meat of the Neighbourhood Plan itself.

We're delighted to announce a partnership with Laura Alvarez, an researcher and urban designer at the University of Nottingham (see more about her below). We are also working with Sneinton Alchemy to secure funding for their Community Organisers to support the Forum and carry out listening-based consultations.

A bit about Laura:

  • Laura graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of La Plata, Argentina.
  • She worked as a consultant for local authorities, planning and delivering regeneration projects and writing local design codes and guides. 
  • She worked nationally and internationally as a founding member and Vice-President of a charity dedicated to the preservation of the local heritage. 
  • Since immigrating to the United Kingdom in January 2002, Laura worked for various commercial firms and became the Urban Design Group East Midlands Convenor in 2008, and a Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design in 2009. 
  • Laura is now a PhD candidate researching socially sustainable urban design at the University of Nottingham. She is also a lecturer at the Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture. In 2015 Laura joined OPUN Design East Midlands Expert Panel, and became a Local Host Coordinator at NTU for Place Alliance.

If you see Laura around the area, please say hello! She has already over the summer produced a draft place assessment for the Forum Steering Group, having walked virtually all of our streets and by-ways to observe how the area is structured and how it works. The purpose of this is to identify key areas where positive development is needed and where current planning policy is ineffective. 

Laura is also working with the Community Organiser team at Sneinton Alchemy to identify the social value of spaces and places- recognising that it's not just about what the professionals see as important, but what local people know and understand about the real workings of neighbourhoods. Sometimes, the bits of town that locals see as important are not given the priority they should be in urban planning- but we want our Neighbourhood Plan to be different.

Exciting times are ahead, and it's super important that we hear from anyone who lives and works locally and who is is interested in the future of the area. If that's you please do JOIN THE FORUM or GET IN TOUCH.

Your neighbourhood needs you!

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/888263 2015-07-30T14:04:50Z 2015-07-30T23:15:54Z Tackling rat run drivers in Sneinton: Residents seek support for a new scheme

A 'rat run' problem in Sneinton will be tackled by a new traffic scheme, if local residents support the idea.

The narrow residential streets between Colwick Road and the Dale in Sneinton have been getting more and more dangerous for residents as 'rat run' drivers have been ignoring 'except for access' signs as they take a shortcut. Now the Council is proposing introducing clearer 'no entry' signs as an experiment to see if it reduces the problem. 

The signs would be placed at the top of Baden Powell Rd and the bottom or Port Arthur Rd, effectively creating a one-way system. One measure of success would be if the problem is solved rather than being simply transferred to other nearby streets.

A consultation meeting on the proposals was held at the Greenway Centre on 29th July, and responses have been sought from 250 local residents. If the Council receives initial support from residents, it will consult more widely on the proposal. 

If successful during a trial period, the scheme could be made permanent.

Feedback can be given to the Council Road Safety and Traffic Management team, or via your local Councillors at their regular surgeries:

Traffic and safety team contact details.

Councillors' Ward surgeries leaflet.

Map © OpenStreetMap contributors



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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/883315 2015-07-19T01:37:49Z 2015-07-19T01:37:49Z Demolition on the Dale: site cleared for new mosque

Work has started on the new Dar-us-Salaam mosque on Sneinton Dale, with the demolition of the modernist garage building near the Windmill park. The site will eventually house a community hall, Library and resource centre and a large prayer hall. The mosque is currently sited across the road at 41 Sneinton Dale.

More information can be found on the Dar-us-Salaam website.

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/881560 2015-07-15T12:12:44Z 2015-07-15T12:12:44Z New film from Locality explains what Neighbourhood Planning's all about


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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/816756 2015-02-28T15:42:34Z 2015-02-28T16:42:54Z Thumbs up for the Forum!

Congratulations and thanks to all Forum members and supporters: Nottingham City Council Executive Board approved the designation of the Forum at its meeting on Tuesday!


The Executive also approved a Neighbourhood Plan boundary redrawn from that submitted by the Forum, excluding the whole Sneinton Market area, The Lower Parliament Street bus station redevelopment site and the development land south of the railway.

See the approved plan area.

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/814451 2015-02-23T15:16:55Z 2015-02-23T15:16:55Z Forum updates at OneBC

The Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum AGM was hosted by forum members OneBC clothing on 17th February, at their funky premises on Sneinton Market.

The meeting debated changes proposed by the Planners to the Neighbourhood Plan Boundary, and the balance of members between individuals, community groups and local businesses. 

A new Steering Group was voted in:

Brian Grundy: Chair

Simone Miller: Secretary

Dennis Sanderson: Treasurer

Adam Brown: Minute Secretary

Committee members: Tom Hughes,  Wendy Honeyman-Smith, Stephen Smith



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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/803163 2015-01-27T11:50:07Z 2015-01-27T11:53:20Z New Date: Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum AGM 2015

We are pleased to announce a new date for the 2015 AGM:

Tuesday 17th February
From 6pm at One BC clothing
9 Gedling Street,
Sneinton Market
NG1 1DS


Light refreshments will be served before the meeting, which starts promptly at 6.30pm. Many thanks to Forum members One BC for hosting us!

The last AGM saw a great turn out and a lively debate, we hope that our members and any one interested in the future of Sneinton will attend to get involved and have their say. Please spread the word!

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/794510 2015-01-11T22:13:05Z 2015-01-13T17:54:33Z Update: 27th Jan Forum AGM postponed

Due to a date clash with the Sneinton Tenants and Residents Association (STARA) January meeting, we are looking for a new date for the AGM and will confirm as soon as we can.

Thanks for your patience and sorry for the inconvenience!

In the meantime here's a picture of a winter sunrise over Sneinton...

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/784084 2014-12-16T16:23:32Z 2014-12-16T20:21:39Z Setting boundaries AND building bridges

Neighbourhood Forums are all about bringing together residents, local businesses, elected Councillors and the Council planning officers to work collaboratively on a Neighbourhood Plan. This deals with local planning issues, sitting alongside and complementing the higher-level planning policies of the Council and national planning policy. The idea is to build bridges in what can be a conflict-filled planning and development system. 

Find out how it works by watching our intro video- just 7 minutes of your time! Also, why not come along to our AGM on 27th Jan 2015 to have a chat with Forum members and see if you want to get involved.

Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum is busy building bridges- with a membership made up of residents, local businesses and community groups, and two local Councillors (joining is easy). However, one of the difficult first steps is to set up a boundary- to define where the influence of the Neighbourhood Plan and Forum starts and ends.

The Forum's steering group have just learnt from the city planners that the Council intend to exclude two large areas from the proposed Neighbourhood Plan boundary- 

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/752786 2014-10-08T22:35:55Z 2014-10-11T22:55:59Z Forum facing a major test and needs your support

The first major hurdle for a Neighbourhood Forum is to get approval from the Council, so we really need our members, friends and supporters to rally round and help us through this. 

The Council is currently holding a consultation as part of their decision making process as to whether they will allow the Forum to go ahead and make a Neighbourhood Plan for Sneinton.

You can make your voice heard UNTIL MONDAY 13th OCTOBER by completing the Council's consultation form.

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/751087 2014-10-05T12:40:22Z 2014-10-11T22:56:49Z NIMBYs or SWIMBYs? Why Neighbourhood Plans should be packed with positive ideas.

Rob Hopkins of the Transition Network says he's proud to be a SWIMBY. You may be familiar with the term NIMBY, used to characterise someone who will campaign against any changes in their local area, even if the think the changes are a generally good idea ("yes we need more houses, just not where I can see them"). NIMBY stands for 'Not In My Back Yard!'

SWIMBYs however campaign against bad developments, support good ones and try to make those with promise better: 'Something Wonderful In My Back Yard!'

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/747414 2014-09-27T10:04:02Z 2014-09-27T23:42:46Z Great turnout for the inaugral AGM of Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum

Many thanks to all who attended the AGM on 16th September- there was a great turn out (over 40 people, which is great for a community meeting on a mid week evening) and lively debate. As you'd expect at this stage, lots of questions, some doubts but also a load more members signed up & support pledged. Our membership currently stands at 26 individuals and 16 businesses/community groups.

A new steering board was voted in by the members, and a date set for the 2015 AGM in January (details to follow).

Join the Forum today!

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/747087 2014-09-26T14:00:30Z 2018-01-15T14:32:09Z Read the Sneinton Vision

The Sneinton Vision project in 2011/12 gathered together the ideas and ambitions of local people in Sneinton and set these out as 6 main principles. The Sneinton Vision project report ends with a set of 'next steps' which include the setting up of a Sneinton Design Forum, which could be seen as the inspiration for the Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum.


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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/745308 2014-09-22T22:16:39Z 2014-09-27T23:43:28Z Get up to speed in 7 minutes: A potted intro to the Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum and Plan

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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/736672 2014-09-05T00:27:42Z 2014-09-27T23:43:51Z Support your locally made #Sneinton neighbourhood plan!


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tag:sneintonneighbourhoodforum.org.uk,2013:Post/734821 2014-09-01T11:49:48Z 2014-09-27T23:44:45Z Plans move on a step: Council consultation starts

Consultation on Application to Designate a Neighbourhood Plan Area and Forum for the Sneinton area.

Nottingham City Council has received our application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area and Forum in and around Sneinton. 

The application is the first formal step in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the Sneinton area. Neighbourhood Plans are planning documents, written by the local community which can be used, for example, to set out where new development should go and what it should look like. When complete, it will be an important factor in the determination of 

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