What is the Neighbourhood Plan?
Do you want to shape the future of your area?
Do you want to be the somebody who has a say over where new homes, shops and offices are built? And how they look? Or protect your favourite local spaces? Or ensure there are enough new homes for young families?
If so, neighbourhood planning could be right up your street.
Neighbourhood planning is a vital part of the Government's plans to help local communities play a much stronger role in the shaping of their area. For the first time, local people can create a plan that allows them to develop planning policies that reflect the priorities of their area and has real legal weight. The whole community then decides at a referendum vote whether the local authority should bring the plan into force.
Why should I care about the Plan
The Government wants to give more power to local people so that the local community has a say in what is built where, and to ensure that any development meets the needs of current and future generations.
Local people have local knowledge about what kind of facilities are needed in their area and are best placed to decide this.
Last, but not least, a Neighbourhood plan can identify existing assets that need to be enhanced or protected for future generations, such as historic buildings, wildlife habitats and areas of natural beauty.