What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places they live and work in.
As a village we will be able to:
- Choose where we want new houses, shops and offices to be built
- Have our say in what those buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided
- Grant planning permission for new buildings we want to see go ahead
What can a Neighbourhood Plan NOT do?
Neighbourhood Plans cannot generally advocate less building than has already decided in the Local Plan, or stop building programmes completely. They can influence where building takes place, how the new buildings will look and how they are laid out. Other important features influenced by a Neighbourhood Plan include making sure there are green spaces, play areas and good, safe access.
Who should prepare the Neighbourhood Plan?
In areas where a Parish Council exists, these are the only bodies that can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. However, councils will seek to involve all residents, community organisations, businesses and landowners in this process.
Does a Neighbourhood Plan carry any legal weight?
Once a Neighbourhood Plan is in force following a successful village referendum, it carries real legal weight. All decision makers are obliged to consider proposals for developments in our village alongside the policies stated in our Neighbourhood Plan.