Decision details

Re-Designation of Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Summary of Decision


That the Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning agreed to re- designate the Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum for a further period of 5 years and a formal designation notice is published under delegated authority of the Director of Policy andProjects.


Reasons for Decision

Section 61F (7) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as inserted into the Act by the Localism Act, Schedule 9) sets out the conditions that a neighbourhood forum must meet, as well as the considerations that a local planningauthority musttake intoaccount whendetermining anapplication for the designation of a neighbourhood forum. These legislative aspects are set out in greater detail in Section 6 of thereport.


The legislation states that a local planning authority may designate an organisationor bodyas aneighbourhood forumif theauthority issatisfied that a number of conditions (in the table below) have been met. The existing Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum meets all of these conditions, and there has been no change in this since the originaldesignation.




Established for the express purpose of promoting or improving the social, economic or environmental well-being of an area?


Membership open to individuals who live or work in the area (or are elected members of the City Council);


Membership includes a minimum of 21 individuals each of whom lives or works (or is an elected member) in the area?


The neighbourhood forum has a written constitution?



The City Council is also required to have regard to whether membership is drawn from different places in the neighbourhood area concerned and from different sections of the community in that area. The application submitted by the Forum indicates that membership of the Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum is over 430 members, and that the Forum represents the interests of local residents and businesses. The list of members has also been provided by the Forum, and the application states that the Forum have a committee made up of 18 members, which represent both resident and business interests.


The City Council is also required to assess whether the purpose of the neighbourhood forum reflects(in generalterms) thecharacter ofthe area.The application submittedby theForum forre-designation statesthat theyshare a vision for Marylebone to be a vibrant place to live, work, visit, shop or study. TheForum statesthat theyare workinghard andcollaboratively, reflectingthe range ofinterests ofthe stakeholdersand users,to developa Neighbourhood Plan to improve thearea.


Consultation on the re-designation of the Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum highlighted some support for the application, and no objections or competing applications. Further details are provided in section 9 of the report.




Publication date: 10/02/2021

Date of decision: 10/02/2021

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