March 23 2018 0comment

Independent Examiner appointed to review our Neighbourhood Plan

Final step taken before a vote on the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan

On Monday 19th March, Tower Hamlets Council formally confirmed the appointment of John Parmiter as the Independent Examiner for the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan.  His job is to confirm that the Plan has been properly produced; propose amendments if required to help achieve that; and advise the Council to take it forward to a public referendum.  Other than having been appointed by the Council, he is completely independent of both the Council and the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Planning Forum.

The Forum warmly welcomes his appointment, and especially the fact that he can start work immediately on assessing our Plan.  This timing is important, as the imminent ‘purdah’ period – when Councils have to down tools pending elections – could otherwise have delayed the referendum on our Plan by a couple of months.  With his appointment made now, there’s a good chance of the referendum taking place in early July as hoped.  We acknowledge the support of the Council in doing this.

John is an independent planning, development and environment professional and has held senior positions at CBRE (when Hillier Parker) and Turley (chairman).  He was most recently a partner at Peter Brett Associates, Development and Infrastructure Consultants.  He has led consultancy assignments on many housing, commercial, town centre and mixed-use development schemes, often involving sensitive environmental and heritage issues.  For example, he led the team advising on the largest Local Development Order made to date, at London Gateway, Thurrock.

Critically for the Isle of Dogs, he is a leading authority on the viability of development and the relationship between delivering infrastructure and new development.  He led a cross-sector study on Development Economics (and the capacity of the planning system to process viability issues) and was a member of the Harman Working Group, which produced the sector-wide Advice on Viability Testing Local plans.  He is actively concerned with the future of town centres (having written the recently published report: Town Centre Investment Zones, which advocates use of neighbourhood plans), localism, sustainability and the delivery of development in challenging economic conditions.

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