Neighbourhood planning flowchart

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Interested in Neighbourhood
Planning in Cotswold District?
Interested in creating a
Neighbourhood Plan for your area?
Flow chart
The issues are primarily related to
Planning and infrastructure.
Are you able to lead on
Neighbourhood Plan?
NO
What are the issues locally?
Individual or
other group
Consider contributing
to the
Local Plan
YES
Parish Council, or
Neighbourhood Forum
Left click on a yellow or green ‘box’ to view details,
or the green arrow to see the following stages
The issues are primarily NOT related
to Planning and infrastructure.
Consider an alternative
route, such as a
community or Parish Plan
Consider an alternative
route, such as a
community or Parish Plan
Flow chart 2
Consider contributing
to the
Local Plan
LPA decides whether proposed
neighbourhood area is acceptable
Parish Council or
Neighbourhood Forum
Prepare Neighbourhood Plan
Submit Neighbourhood Plan to LPA,
and consult appropriate bodies (defined
in regulation)
Does not meet expected standard
Independent check
‘No’ Vote
Community referendum
Left click on a yellow, green or
orange ‘box’ to view details
‘Yes’ Vote
The LPA publishes the
Neighbourhood Plan, and it enters into force
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Except where it relates to
change to buildings or land
What are the issues?
Community Led / Parish Plan
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
e.g. Community; recreation; communication with local area; support for
community groups; support for older people; access to health services;
anti-social behaviour; volunteers; libraries
Except where it relates to
change to buildings or land
ECONOMY
e.g. Broadband speed, local businesses; education and skills; supporting Except where it relates to
change to buildings or land
community activities; community shops; promoting local produce
PLANNING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Only if minor issues
e.g. housing and employment numbers; affordable housing;
types and location; design; conservation areas; listed building,
infrastructure and services;
TRANSPORT
e.g. speeding; ‘rat runs’; bus routes and times;
hospital transport; cycling, congestion
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Except where it relates to
change to buildings or land
Neighbourhood Plan / Involvement within LDF
ENVIRONMENT
e.g. Refuse and recycling collection; rights of way; public open space;
wildlife; biodiversity; recycling; environmental enhancement;
energy saving schemes
Who is able to lead on a
Neighbourhood Plan?
• In areas with a parish or town council, the parish or town
council will take the lead on neighbourhood planning. They
have long experience of working with and representing local
communities.
• In areas without a parish or town council, local people will
need to decide which organisation should lead on
coordinating the local debate. In some places, existing
community groups may want to put themselves forward. In
other places, local people might want to form a new group. In
both cases, the group must meet some basic standards. It
must, for example, have at least 21 members, and it must be
open to new members.
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• Any individuals or organisations other than
town or parish councils need to contact their
local town or parish council to discuss the
development of a neighbourhood plan. To find
contact details for the local town or parish
councils go to: http://www.cotswold.gov.uk
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The Local Development Framework
• The Council is preparing a planning vision for the District taking us
through to 2031 – this is known as the Core Strategy.
• The Core Strategy will set out future levels and distribution of housing and
economic development whilst protecting the natural and built environment
and taking account of the needs and wishes of communities.
• The Core Strategy will be the key document in the Local Development
Framework (LDF) which replaces the Local Plan. Other documents that
will form part of the LDF include site allocations and development
management policies. As these documents are prepared they will be
subject to consultation and public comment.
• Your views as individuals and representatives of your communities are
welcomed. If you would like to receive notification of future LDF
consultations and newsletter updates, please register on our consultation
portal http://consult.cotswold.gov.uk/portal
or email: [email protected]
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Local Plan Timeline
• Week beginning 3 June 2013 – 19 July 2013 – public
consultation on housing requirement and proposed
distribution of housing including a strategic site south of
Chesterton.
• October – December 2013 – facilitated events to brief
parishes on potential site allocations
• March – May 2014 – public consultation on local plan,
including development strategy, site allocations and
development management policies
• October – November 2014 – public consultation on presubmission version of local plan
• March 2015 – submission of local plan for independent
examination and approval
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Community-Led / Parish Plans
A parish and community-led plan:
• Sets out a vision for the future of your community
• Consults with the community to identify issues and
priorities
• Develops an action plan which covers the issues that
concern your community
• Develops partnership working
• Can be used to influence agencies' strategies and
relates to the local development framework.
• Doesn’t stop you pursuing a Neighbourhood Plan if
the findings point that way!
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For more information, and to see a few case
studies, go to:
http://www.grcc.org.uk
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Defining the Neighbourhood
• It’s the local planning authority’s job to keep an
overview of all the different requests to do
neighbourhood planning in their area.
• They will check that the suggested boundaries for
different neighbourhoods make sense and fit
together. The local planning authority will say “no” if,
for example, two proposed neighbourhood areas
overlap.
• The town or parish council or neighbourhood forum
can then get going and start planning for their
neighbourhood.
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Independent Check
• Once a neighbourhood plan or order has been
prepared, an independent examiner will check that it
meets the right basic standards.
• If the plan or order doesn’t meet the right standards,
the examiner will recommend changes. The planning
authority will then need to consider the examiner’s
views and decide whether to make those changes.
• If the examiner recommends significant changes,
then the parish, town council or neighbourhood
forum may decide to consult the local community
again before proceeding.
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Community Referendum
• The local council will organise a referendum on any plan or
order that meets the basic standards. This ensures that the
community has the final say on whether a neighbourhood
plan or order comes into force.
• People living in the neighbourhood who are registered to vote
in local elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum.
• In some special cases - where, for example, the proposals put
forward in a plan for one neighbourhood have significant
implications for other people nearby - people from other
neighbourhoods may be allowed to vote too.
• If more than 50 per cent of people voting in the referendum
support the plan or order, then the local planning authority
must bring it into force.
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Preparing the Plan
• With a neighbourhood plan, communities will be
able to establish general planning policies for the
development and use of land in a neighbourhood.
They will be able to say, for example, where new
homes and offices should be built, and what they
should look like. The neighbourhood plan will set a
vision for the future. It can be detailed, or general,
depending on what local people want
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Legal Force
• Once a neighbourhood plan is in force, it
carries real legal weight. Decision-makers will
be obliged, by law, to take what it says into
account when they consider proposals for
development in the neighbourhood.
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Contact Cotswold District Council, to register
your interest and discuss your ideas.
Tel: 01285 623566 or 01285 623146
E-mail:
[email protected]
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