Milton given new powers over future development

MORE POWER File picture shows the chairman of the Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum, Rod Bailey, pictured right, with, from left, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Norman Lamb MP and Janice Burkinshaw, talking about plans for the redevelopment of St James' Hospital
MORE POWER File picture shows the chairman of the Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum, Rod Bailey, pictured right, with, from left, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Norman Lamb MP and Janice Burkinshaw, talking about plans for the redevelopment of St James' Hospital
  • Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum gets go ahead at council meeting
  • Decision means people in Milton will have more power on scale and designs of developments
  • Forum can now apply for government funding to create their own plan for the area
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A COMMUNITY will now have more power over developments in their area.

The Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum was formally appointed yesterday giving people living in Milton more of a say on future planning.

This is a bit historic because it is the first neighbourhood plan in Portsmouth

Councillor Darren Sanders

The decision to create the forum was made by cabinet member for planning, regenerations and economic development at Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Luke Stubbs.

During the meeting, Rod Bailey, chairman of the forum, said: ‘This kicked off last year when we met with MP Penny Mordaunt and people from the department of communities and local government.

‘It was due to the NHS plans for the [redeveopment of the] St James’ site. We believe a community-led plan has a good chance of success.’

This is the first time an area in Portsmouth has been given the power of a planning forum.

It means the group can make planning policies for the area including the design and scale of houses and what types of developments are built.

The policies still have to comply with planning policies of the council and national planning policies set out by the government.

It also has to fit in with the Portsmouth Plan – a document which lays out all developments for the city until 2027. Councillor Darren Sanders gave a deputation on the forum.

He said: ‘The six councillors and many people in Milton want this to happen.

‘This is a bit historic because it is the first neighbourhood plan in Portsmouth.

‘People in Milton are very realistic and know it won’t stop all developments but they just want a bit of control.

‘Hopefully Milton will become a beacon for the rest of the city.’

With the forum being approved, the group can now get funding from the government to do surveys and produce their own plan for the area.

They can receive £8,000 in funding with an additional £6,000 available if they meet certain criteria.

Cllr Sanders added: ‘This is the beginning and we are all delighted it has been accepted.’