WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?
- It is one part of the planning reforms in the government’s new Localism Act.
- It gives local communties the opportunity to draw up a spatial plan for an area.
- It needs to be in line with national and local planning policies.
- It provides loose guidance.
- It is likely to need a referendum.
What can a Neighbourhood Plan do?
- It can decide where and what type of development should happen in an area.
- It can promote more development than is set out in the Local Plan/Design Framework.
- It can include policies, including design standards, which take precedence over existing local planning policies.
- It can only be prepared by a Parish or Town Council, or a “Neighbourhood Forum” set up for the purpose.
- It cannot conflict with policies in the existing Local Plan/Development Framework or be used to prevent the development this proposes.