What is a Neighbourhood Plan and why do one?

Author: Susan Martin

Published on: 28 June 2017

Have you ever felt that your parish is changing and you don’t have a say as to what is happening?

A lot of these changes are dealt with by your District Council as the Local Planning Authority under their Local Plan.

Are you worried that;

  • There is too much inappropriate development and you would like a chance to influence where this goes, how much takes place and the mix of development?
  • The local environment, and green infrastructure and open spaces within your community, are at risk?
  • You are worried about retaining,the separation of your village or town,from the next major settlement, so,that you both can keep your clear,and separate identities.

If you have answered yes to the above, you need a Neighbourhood Plan!!!

A Neighbourhood Plan is a statutory document that sits alongside the Local Plan and its planning policies have similar weight when planning applications are considered. Embarking on a Neighbourhood Plan will take much time and work, depending on the issues covered and the size of your community. It will typically take two years or more, although some have been done in 18 months. In most instances your local parish/ town council will formally need to lead the process, although often the work is delegated to a working group of local volunteers, with grants available to cover costs.

All the Districts across Norfolk have Neighbourhood Plan schemes in place, it is a fantastic way to get involved and help shape your parish!

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Susan Martin

Diocesan Board of Finance Executive Committee Member

Diocesan House
109 Dereham Road

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