What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood Plans were introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Neighbourhood Plans gives a community, (a Parish and Town Councils or designated Neighbourhood Forums), a Community Right to Planning. These are known as Neighbourhood Development Plans or just Neighbourhood Planning.
By developing a Neighbourhood Plan, communities can have far more say over local planning decisions and the future shape of the local built environment. Through neighbourhood planning a community can have its own polices regarding land use, housing, business and employment, and can even have control over some local planning decisions through neighbourhood development orders.
Neighbourhood plans are a way of achieving real benefits for a community. They are not mandatory and they are not for the faint hearted. It takes real community drive and ambition to achieve neighbourhood planning. CCB can help you put the pieces of the puzzle together.
For full information on neighbourhood planning and the Community Rights see: mycommunityrights.org or contact us at CCB (see below).
Neighbourhood Planning in Berkshire
In 2010 The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) announced that it was to become a Vanguard for the Big Society. Shortly after in 2011 ‘Localism’ hit the news and introduced the concept of Neighbourhood Development Plans. RBWM set-out to be at the forefront of delivering neighbourhood planning by announcing that the Borough would be divided into eight distinct Neighbourhood Planning Groups, these are mostly defined by Ward areas.
CCB Community Housing Advisor Arlene Kersley has worked closely with the Hurley and the Walthams Neighbourhood Planning Group and provides independent advice on housing, planning and consultation matters. Arlene is on the Steering Group and the Chair of the Housing Task Group. See hurleyandthewalthams.org for more details.
Contact CCB for more information
CCB supports the Neighbourhood Planning Groups by providing housing advice, guidance, statistical information, and consultation guidance.
CCB can do detailed surveys of a Neighbourhood Plan area to ascertain local housing requirements.
The CCB Community Housing Enabler can provide your community with all the information you need to consider regarding housing evidence and projects in your Neighbourhood Plan - or just talk to you about how to get started.
Telephone: 0118 961 2000
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