A Neighbourhood Plan gives local people the power to agree the shared vision for their area. The plan can set out policies for the development and use of land covered by a Neighbourhood Area, and has formal weight in deciding future planning applications.
Why do we need one?
- The plan will have statutory status – greater influence over planning decisions
- More say for residents on specific local issues than in the Local Plan
- Community-led process not ‘top-down’
- Helps to place local environmental and conservation issues at the top of the agenda
- Provides an opportunity to specify which sites will be developed and the housing ‘mix’
- Encourages dialogue with a range of organisations
- Can encourage community projects and self-build initiatives.