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New members wanted for community review panel

The borough’s Community Review Panel is looking for new members to sign up and help to shape and advise on Ealing Council’s planning projects.

The panel plays an independent, advisory role in the borough’s planning work, discussing issues including housing, transport, the borough’s green spaces, and the environment. This helps to ensure that new development in the borough is of the highest possible design quality, and meets the needs of people living, working and studying in the area, now and in the future.

The council is looking to recruit local people, from all backgrounds and ages (18 or over), to be members of the panel for at least a year. You do not need any experience or knowledge of planning or architecture to participate. The council especially wants to hear from people not already involved with a community group, and whose voice is not currently heard.

Panel members meet about once a month to discuss development proposals and give their views. These discussions are turned into a formal report and feed into decisions made by the council. The panel’s recommendations will be taken into consideration as a formal part of the planning process.

Peter Mason, Leader of Ealing Council, said: “The Community Review Panel is about putting power back into the hands of residents who are passionate about how our borough changes for the better. It is a valuable opportunity for residents to get involved in the decisions we take together, and help to shape the future of our seven towns and the places that make them special. I warmly encourage you to come forward and get involved in making the borough, our home, a better place for everyone.”

Councillor Shital Manro, the council’s cabinet member for good growth, added: “We launched the CRP in 2021 and its members play an important role. They provide the council with feedback that helps us to make informed decisions to make the borough a better place to live, work and visit.”

The deadline for submitting completed applications is Monday, 6 March.

You will need to fill out an application form then, if shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection workshop with other candidates.

Frame Projects, a project management consultancy, is responsible for recruiting and managing the panel, to make sure that it is independent, properly briefed and able to effectively communicate its views to the council. They will provide panel members with the support needed for their role through free training sessions.

To apply please email ealing@frame-projects.co.uk or call Frame Projects on 020 8164 9980.

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