Amended Application and Response Document (April 2015)

As a result of the concerns made by some local business operators that they might be unfairly sidelined in any future ratification process for a proposed neighbourhood plan drafted by the forum, the Steering Group managing the application process on behalf of the prospective neighbourhood planning forum submitted a Response Document in April 2015 which amended our proposals to reclassify the proposed Neighbourhood Planning Forum and Area in neighbourhood planning terms as a Business Neighbourhood Planning Forum and Area. 

The key difference between the two is that any plan proposed by the former is ratified by local resident electors (as per any normal local election) alone; while in the latter (the business neighbourhood) there are two separate local referenda; one for local electors as before and then a second for local business-rate payers.

These referenda are organised by the Local Planning Authority (Tower Hamlets).