[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”34,36″ display=”basic_thumbnail”]WHAT IS THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?

A neighbourhood plan puts in place planning policy for a neighbourhood area to guide future development. It creates a vision for the use and development of land and sets out aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development.

It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, design, heritage and transport). These may be issues that are relevant to the whole neighbourhood or just to part of the neighbourhood. It is for those producing the plan to decide on its scope and content as a planning document.

If successful at referendum, a neighbourhood plan will become part of the statutory development plan for the area. This statutory status gives neighbourhood plans far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.

Neighbourhood plans are subject to an independent examination and any necessary modifications are then made to ensure they meet legal requirements. They are then subjected to a public referendum. It is necessary that more than 50% of those voting in the referendum vote “yes” in order to bring the plan into force.


An opportunity to put forward and make your views count as to how the Parish should develop over the next fifteen years.

An input and influence on the development of your community, including where and what type or style of development.

25% of Community Infrastructure Levy receipts from development in the Parish will go to the Parish instead of the current 15%.

Have your say on producing a local vision for the community which once independently examined and through a successful referendum, becomes part of the adopted planning policy framework (in other words the first time that very local views carry statutory weight in the planning process).

A chance to not just to accept development but set policies to define design of new buildings and materials used.

The Process and timescale April 2019 to July 2020

  • Form Steering Group and set up working parties
  • Publicity and engagement
  • Build evidence base
  • Drafting the plan
  • Pre-submission community consultation
  • Submission to CDC
  • Examination
  • Referendum
  • Adoption