Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan update

The Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Forum Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on:          
2.30 pm on Saturday 16th July
St. Paul’s Old Ford, St. Stephen’s Road E3
Draft Neighbourhood Plan Recommended for referendum by Independent Examiner

After more than 6 years of community engagement, research and writing, the finalised neighbourhood plan for Bow has now been scrutinized by an independent examiner. The examiner required the Forum to make some minor modifications – to improve some maps and add small amounts of  text, but concluded:

I recommend that the Plan, once modified, proceeds to referendum on the basis that it has met all the relevant legal requirements.’
 It is hoped that the Council cabinet  will make a decision on 1st August, accepting the examiner’s recommendation for a local referendum on the plan has to take place. According to the regulations, this would need to be by mid October. 
Everyone will be able to vote who is entitled to vote in local Council elections and lives in the plan area (Bow East and Bow West wards, excluding Fish island)..
If a majority vote in favour of the plan, it will guide decisions over the use and development of land and planning applications in Bow to 2031. it part of the statutory development plan for the area, sitting under the Tower Hamlets Local Plan 2031 and the London Plan 2021 .
What are the main themes of the plan?
  • A thriving high street and local economy
  • Green streets that encourage walking and cycling
  • Beautiful public spaces
  • New life for our local heritage
  • High quality affordable housing
  • A resilient and well-networked community infrastructure
Where can I read the draft plan?
The plan and supporting evidence is on the Forum website:
How can I get involved?
  • You can join the Neighbourhood Forum on the website. This entitles you to vote at Forum meetings, including the Annual General Meeting
  • Come to the Neighbourhood Forum Annual General Meeting (AGM),
  • Consider joining the Forum committee, which will be elected at the AGM on 16th July  More people are needed to help steer the plan through these final steps. The committee currently meets online once a month, and they would love to hear from you if you are interested. Please send a short email to the Neighbourhood Forum: at:
The Forum hopes you will join them on Saturday 16th July for the Forum AGM
2.30 pm Saturday 16th July at St Paul’s Old Ford, St. Stephen’s Road.

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