Our achievements in 2015

Here are the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood (GCNF) achievements for 2015

 

  • Website, Facebook and twitter accounts have been set up.
  • Stalls were set up in different locations in the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Area to speak to provide information, get membership forms completed and to carry out some surveying of local people’s views (when the weather was better than it is now).
  • A 3-D model of the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Area was commissioned – and used at an event in June 2015.
  • A number of the GCNF members attended the Examination in Public of the LLDC Local Plan and achieved some changes to the Plan as a result of us being there. The inspector was kind enough to provide Janiz an opportunity to speak with her (as Secretary of the Forum) outside the agenda of the hearing (as Janiz had been unable to attend the hearing).
  • GCNF successfully applied to the London Legacy Development Corporation Area (the local planning authority) for designation of the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Area and the Forum, despite Newham Councils objections.
  • A GCNF newsletter was published and distributed across the GCNF area in June and have another one being written now.
  • Regular monthly Forum meetings have been held as well as a training session for Forum members and a consultation event at Carpenters Primary School in June last year.
  • GCNF members have produced a draft vision for the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan, (distributed to everyone at the meeting).  If anyone has any comments on the vision they should email the Forum or come along to the next meeting when the vision will be formally agreed).
  • GCNF members have agreed the policy sections that that they want in the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan.
  • A couple of meetings have been held with the LLDC.
  • GCNF has applied to Newham Council to get some of the building and land in the area listed as Assets of Community Value. Including:
    • the Carpenters and Docklands Community Centre,
    • the Carpenters Arms,
    • the Carpenters Primary School,
    • the Newsagents in Doran Walk,
    • the former TMO building
    • the large open space /village green on the Carpenters estate.
  • The Forum made formal objections to the council putting up advertising banners on two of the tower blocks on the estate (as they did during the Olympics).
  • GCNF made a formal submission to Newham Cabinet members for the meeting at which they reaffirm their plans to demolish the Carpenters Estate and build 2,000 new homes (which we know would not be affordable to local people). The Forum asked the council to work more openly with them around the potential of refurbishment of the Carpenters Estate and local community buildings, the potential for some sensitive infill of new homes, employment and community spaces and enhancement of green and play spaces.  While the council ignored the Forum’s suggestions it will continue to work on achieving alternatives to the Council’s plans.
  • GCNF members had discussions with the developers of Duncan House – a mix of housing including student accommodation, market housing and some affordable housing on the High Street in an attempt to get an accessible community space from them.  The Forum is still waiting for a formal response from them. The developers wanted the Forum to support their development.
  • The Forum has also engaged in discussion about the development of housing at on 304-312 High Street Stratford.  The proposed development is for 223 ‘shared living’ and 214 serviced apartments for single young professionals and post-graduate students. It replaces a vacant office building and West Ham Labour Party offices.
  • GCNF has been working with engineering students from UCL who are looking at some options relating to energy, heating and water that would be helpful in providing evidence for refurbishment of the Carpenters Estate and in supporting the development of the Greater Carpenter’s Neighbourhood Plan.
  • London Tenants Federation and Just Space are providing the Forum with some support around developing our Neighbourhood Plan, through funding they have from Trust for London.  This support can be provided until the end of 2016 – if people are happy with this.
  • Through LTF and Just Space we have also gained some support from engineers in Leeds to help GCNF in producing a report and some costings around possible refurbishment of the Carpenters Estate.

See our achievements for 2016

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