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Harrold NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Neighbourhood Planning was introduced by the LOCALISM ACT 2011 “to give local people new opportunities to shape the development of the communities in which they live”

 

They are OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS but help you to “have a say in the future use of land and buildings in your neighbourhood”

 

A Plan can be FLEXIBLE about what it includes but it must be “primarily about the use and development of land and buildings”

 

Once adopted, it becomes a formal part of the planning policy for your area, alongside the Borough Council’s Local Plan and associated Development Plan documents.

 

The Neighbourhood Plan MUST CONFORM to planning policies and legislation at the Local, National and European level – thus must conform with the strategic planning policies of the Borough Council.

 

They CANNOT BE USED TO PREVENT DEVELOPMENT THAT IS INCLUDED IN THE LOCAL PLAN but it could promote more development or include policies, for example regarding the design of buildings or the materials from which they are constructed.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT is critical – residents, businesses, local groups etc should all be engaged. THE FINAL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN WILL BE SUBJECT TO A REFERENDUM.

 

Impact on COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY from 15% to 25%

 

FUNDING

It will involve the commitment of resource, both time and money!

Grants are available – up to £9,000 from 1 April 2016

Consider as part of Parish Council budget setting process, possible fundraising events, local business sponsorship etc

 

 

KEY STAGES

1. Getting Started

 Establish a Neighbourhood Planning “Steering Group”

 Define the Neighbourhood Area

 Submit to Local Planning Authority for “Designation”

 Produce a Project Plan

 Consider Finance

 Develop a Communication Strategy

 Develop Identity – Branding and Strap line

 

2. Developing a Vision and Objectives

Gather together relevant information – Borough Council plans and strategies,  community characteristics, census information, previous Parish Plans etc

Identify Issues – current strengths and weaknesses, what can be improved/changed, what is missing, what opportunities exist, what are the issues/barriers etc.

Draft Vision and Objectives

Launch Event (i.e. to check the issues identified, draft vision and objectives with the community) – consider launch date

 

3. Developing The Plan – REALISTIC, JUSTIFIED & ACHIEVABLE

Generate and Test Options – different ways to achieve outcome

Develop Policies – must be JUSTIFIED (e.g. allocate specific sites for particular types of development, specify sites to be protected from development or enhanced, protect certain buildings)

Consult on draft proposals for at least 6 weeks (prior to submission)

Finalise the draft of the Neighbourhood Plan

 

4. Independent Examination

Submission of the Plan

Checked by Borough Council to ensure compliance

Borough Council appoint Qualified Examiner

Examination of the Plan/Examiner’s Report Published

 

5. Referendum and Adoption