WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?

A neighbourhood plan gives communities the opportunity to set out their planning priorities and aspirations for the future of their community area (e.g. parish).  It is a right introduced under the Localism Act 2011

Once approved, neighbourhood plans are used in the determination of planning applications. 

Whilst neighbourhood plans cannot block development that is already part of the local authority’s (e.g. CBC) Local Plan, what they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like. 

 

Neighbourhood plans can also be used to influence and negotiate with any developers. 

They cover areas including:

5 PHASES TO DEVELOPING OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

There are 5 phases to developing a neighbourhood plan with the expected timeline being 18-24 months

Check out more Sutton Village Neighbourhood plan articles.

01

GETTING STARTED

Gather opinions and engage the community

Decide to create a neighbourhood plan

Define your neighbourhood

Establish the steering committee

02

PREPARATION & DATA GATHERING

Identify all stakeholders

Gather views, aims and aspirations

Prepare a draft vision and aims for the area

Gather data and build an evidence base

03

Drafting our neighbourhood plan

Vision and aims - Draft Completed

Generate and assess options - Draft Completed

Define spaces, designations and infrastructure - Draft Completed

Planning policies and other matters - Draft Completed

04

Consultation and Submission

Review with key stakeholders and external experts - Draft Completed
6 week formal consultation on draft Plan (Regulation 14) - Commences 24 Aug 2020
Review and update Plan in light of feedback
Submission of updated Plan to CBC (Regulation 15)
CBC led consultation on submitted Plan (Regulation 16)

05

examination, Referendum & Adoption

Independent Examination

Referendum

Adoption & Publication

Implementation & monitoring

Sutton Parish, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2NE

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