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

Generate and assess options

Define spaces, designations and infrastructure

Planning policies and other matters

04

Consultation and Submission

Review with key stakeholders and external experts - Complete
6 week formal consultation on draft Plan (Regulation 14) - Complete
Review and update Plan in light of feedback - Complete
Submission of updated Plan to CBC (Regulation 15) - Submitted 11th January 2021
CBC led consultation on submitted Plan (Regulation 16) - 14 Jan 2021 to 25 Feb 2021

05

examination, Referendum & Adoption

Independent Examination

Referendum

Adoption & Publication

Implementation & monitoring

Where next?

Why not take a look at our Vision, Aims and Sustainable Development principles

 

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