Sprowston Town Council applied to become a Neighbourhood Planning Frontrunner in 2011 and approached the Princes Foundation to provide professional support. With its status approved and funding provided by DCLG, the first part of the Neighbourhood Planning process focussed on a community planning workshop which was held in January 2012. The workshop attracted considerable interest with over 130 community members attending. After the workshop the Princes Foundation provided a report synthesising the issues raised during the workshop.
A number of the ideas put forward by the community are reliant upon overcoming a complex constraints before they can be progressed such as fractured land-ownership patterns, securing the commitment of third party private sector bodies or creating public-private partnerships. For this reason, the Princes Foundation asked us to support them part-way through the Neighbourhood Planning process and provide detailed advice on a handful of these challenging projects that require more than new planning policy.