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The practice has been appointed to advise the Isle of Dogs neighbourhood planning group on bringing forward a plan for the area; their intension is to ensure development on the peninsular is sustainable and enriches, rather than erodes, existing communities’ quality of life. 
The boundary of the Isle of Dogs neighbourhood plan covers an area that is one of the largest in the UK by population; it includes the Isle of Dogs, Canary Wharf, Cubitt Town, Millwall, Island Gardens, Blackwall & the East India Dock area. 
The principal concern of those involved is to ensure that the massive residential development pipeline, which brings with it the implication of a significant increase in population, will be properly underpinned by the necessary infrastructure such as GP surgeries, schools and transport. 
Their aspiration is to stop or slow down development which is not sustainable, introducing new policy where necessary and adding backbone to policy at borough and city level that supports sustainable development in theory, but is rarely enforced in practice.
Plan Projects will work closely with the forum to:
1. assist them develop a work programme, and apportion work to forum members and partner organisations
2. design a research method in collaboration with the planning consultancy Aecom to enable the team to assemble an appropriate evidence base to support policy development in priority areas
3. review the policy context to avoid duplication with higher policy, for example the London Plan
4. supporting the forum to identify the proper intent for policy, followed by a drafting exercise that fulfils these aspirations
5. over-seeing pre-submission consultation and submitting the Plan in draft form to the local authority. 

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