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What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood Plans were brought in by new legislation in 2012. A Neighbourhood Plan is a plan developed by a community to shape the place they live in. It should focus on planning and land use matters. It contains planning policies specifying the type of development acceptable to the community, and can also contain a Vision and aspirations for the area and its community.
In order to be adopted, a Neighbourhood Plan must pass a referendum. Everyone in the area has a vote and if 50% or more of the votes are in favour of the Plan it will be adopted. Once adopted, then by law all planning applications in the area must be determined an accordance with the policies in the Plan, except where material considerations indicate otherwise. This means the Neighbourhood Plan has the same importance as the Local Plan.
Are there any restrictions on what a Neighbourhood Plan can include?
The policies must relate to development within the Neighbourhood Area. The Neighbourhood Plan must be in general conformity with the Local Plan. It cannot advocate less development than is allocated by the Local Plan, but it can allow for more if the people want.
I have a suggestion for the Neighbourhood Plan, what happens now?
Email me your suggestion at email@example.com. We will check if it relates to development within our area and put it to the people, if it gets popular support and we can justify and evidence having a policy about it, it will go into the Plan. If it’s something that can’t be done through the Neighbourhood Plan, we can forward it to the right people who can implement it.
Why did you include X on the survey?
The survey questions are based on what people have asked their City Councillors about or issues that have come up at planning committee on planning applications.
Why didn’t you include X on the survey?
Probably because nobody has brought it to our attention yet. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can look at including it in the Chichester Neighbourhood Plan.
What does the process of making a Neighbourhood plan involve?
The Parish Council must engage with the public to see what development the people want. The Parish gathers evidence to show that the policies developed from people’s suggestions are needed or justified, can be delivered and would not have a significant detrimental impact on the environment. After more consultation, an Independent Examiner must approve the Plan and then a referendum is held where if 50% of the votes are in favour then the Plan is adopted.
How long will it take to make a Neighbourhood Plan?
From inception to adoption it may take around 18-24 months.
What are the benefits of having a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan gives local people the opportunity to influence planning decisions in their area. Having a Neighbourhood Plan means that more money from the Community Infrastructure Levy (which developers pay on new houses and buildings) will go to community infrastructure projects and local needs.
How can I contact you about Chichester’s Neighbourhood Plan?
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