Members of the public are being invited to attend Birkenhead & Tranmere Neighbourhood Planning Forum’s first seminar.

The evening seminar will be held on Monday July 27, 6-8pm at Council Chamber in Birkenhead Town Hall, Mortimer Street, Birkenhead.

Speakers include Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Dr John Sturzaker of the Department of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool, David Ball, Head of Regeneration & Planning, Dominic Schiller of 4748 Hamilton Square and local historian Elizabeth Davey.

Tickets are free to Forum members or just £2 to members of the public. Tickets can be booked here http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rtpi-presidential-event-neighbourhood-planning-seminar-tickets-17081151183

The Birkenhead & Tranmere Neighbourhood Planning Forum has been launched to harness the views of local residents and to make the area’s first neighbourhood plan.

Neighbourhood Planning is one of the new community rights introduced by the Government’s Localism Act of 2011. Hundreds of communities across the country are already preparing a neighbourhood plan.

Philip Barton, Chair of Birkenhead & Tranmere Neighbourhood Planning Forum said: “Our seminar will provide some interesting insights into the current state of neighbourhood planning. Forum members can come for free but it is also open to members of the public.

“Our neighbourhood plan will be an important and influential policy document which will tackle serious issues that affect everyone who lives or works in the area – housing, heritage, shopping, tourism and jobs.

“We want to hear from everyone who lives or works in Birkenhead & Tranmere and capture their views on important issues that impact on the future of our area.

“Our aim is to produce a policy framework for our area within which families, community groups and businesses can invest with confidence and, together, create a viable and sustainable future for us all. This is our community’s chance to help shape the neighbourhood for the better.”

Membership of the Forum is free and a number of residents have already signed up. Register today at www.batnpf.org or call 0151 666 2938 for further information.