Soho Neighbourhood Forum
The Soho Neighbourhood Forum is a new organisation that will prepare a neighbourhood plan for Soho. The neighbourhood forum formally came into existence at the first annual general meeting that took place on 8 July 2015. Under the terms of the Soho Neighbourhood Forum Constitution that was approved by Westminster City Council in 2014. Neighbourhood planning is participatory for everyone who wants to get involved. It is open and democratic by default.
Forum membership Forum membership is open to everyone who lives and/or works in Soho. The forum steering group was elected from and by the community at the first meeting.
Get involved now Save the Date: Thursday 26 November: Training Sessions for members of the Soho Neighbourhood Forum. Find out more about how urban planning works in Soho The first event for Forum members will take place on Thursday 26 November. Everyone who has signed up for a working group is invited to attend. If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t worry, as there will be a further opportunity soon. Led by Angela Koch from Imagine Places, the aim of the event is to equip members to play their part in the various Forum working groups. Details are still being finalised but there will be two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, to give as many people as possible the chance to get involved. Participants are expected to be willing to attend follow-up working group sessions in the coming months, exploring different aspects of Soho which can be included in the Plan for Soho.
Neighbourhood forums receive no public money and we have to raise funds and resources by a range of means. During 2014 we received a small grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) which was used to register this website and pay for the expert support of Angela Koch of Imagine Places. We are applying for further funding from DCLG for the coming years. We set up regular communications with the larger property companies, including Shaftesbury PLC and Soho Estates, who provide valuable support and advice. We have kindly received free support on design and branding from a local agency, Bandstand. Administrative support was initially provided by The Soho Society who have donated the time of Steve Chambers, their urban planning advisor.
For more frequent updates, be sure to subscribe to their Twitter and Facebook feeds. Developing the neighbourhood plan is participatory from the very beginning. What to look out for In the coming months we will have our first call for volunteers to help spread the word about the forum and join our working groups. And then things really get going!