What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans.
Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the Local Plan produced by the local authority (HDC) and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. It must be stressed that the policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.
Neighbourhood planning is one of the community rights, along with the Community Right to Build, Community Right to Bid, Community Right to Challenge and Community Right to Reclaim Land. (See the My Community Rights website for more information.)
How Does it Work?
The Parish Councils will lead on neighbourhood planning in their areas. The Local Planning Authority (HDC) is involved and will make decisions at key stages of the process, such as approving the neighbourhood area within which the Neighbourhood Plan will have effect. It will also organise the independent examination of the plan and the community referendum that is held at the end of the process.
The referendum is an important part of the process allowing those that live in the neighbourhood area to decide whether or not the Neighbourhood Plan, comes into effect or not. This is direct democracy and outlines the importance of working with the wider community and securing their support at an early stage in the process.
The formal launch of the process will commence with an exhibition (planned provisionally for the weekend of 5th and 6th March in the Church Room (behind Holy Trinity church) at which the village will be invited to come and make suggestions as to what they would like included or excluded from the plan in terms of future development and amenities in the village. There will be further updates and confirmation of dates in the Parish magazine, on the Parish Council website (www.lowerbeeding.com) and on the parish council notice boards around the village.
Volunteers will be invited to be part of the Neighbourhood Plan Group, so please consider if you would like to take part, details of how to apply will be circulated later along with details of the Exhibition.