Neighbourhood Plan FAQs
Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Chichester City Council's Neighbourhood Plan.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is a document written by a Parish Council (or Neighbourhood Forum) to guide future development for a neighbourhood area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. The scope and content of the plan can vary according to the needs and wishes of the local people and area; it may focus on one or two key areas or can cover a wide range of subjects and allocations, but it may not propose less development than the Local Plan, and must be broadly compliant with strategic Local Plan policies.
The policies in the Neighbourhood Plan will be used to determine planning applications in the area, alongside Local Plan policies and national planning guidance.
Are there any restrictions on what a neighbourhood plan can include?
A Neighbourhood Plan should focus on planning and land use matters. It must be in general conformity with national planning policy, the Local Plan and any relevant environmental and human rights requirements. It cannot advocate less development than is allocated by the Local Plan.
What does the process of making a Neighbourhood plan involve?
- The Parish Council applies to the District Council for the parish to be designated a Neighbourhood Area
- The Parish Council engage with the public and gather evidence to base their policies on.
- The Parish Council assess the information they have gathered and draft policies.
- The Parish Council determine whether the policies would have a significant environmental effect and produce a Strategic Environmental Assessment.
- The Parish Council drafts a Basic Conditions Statement and a Consultation Document, detailing how the Plan meets all the requirements.
- The Parish Council publish a draft plan and consults on it. Any responses are considered and the Plan may be amended as appropriate.
- The Parish Council submits the Plan to the District Council. The District Council check that the Plan meets all the legal requirements.
- The District Council undertake a 6-week consultation period on the Plan.
- The Plan is referred to an Independent Examiner to check it meets all the requirements of a Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner issues a report.
- The District Council holds a referendum on adopting the Plan. If more than 50% of voters are in favour of the Plan, it 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 projects and local needs such as maintenance of public buildings and war memorials.
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