What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities to shape the way their local area is developed through the use of Neighbourhood Development Plans.

Introduced through the Localism Act 2011, Neighbourhood Plans become part of the wider Local Plan and can be used to influence the outcome of planning applications.

Neighbourhood Plans allow communities to have more influence and control over their local area to ensure they get the right type of development for their neighbourhood. However they cannot influence or block development set out previously by the Local Plan.

Neighbourhood Plans are led and produced by an authorised local community organisation such as a parish or town council, or where one does not exist a Neighbourhood Forum may be designated. In the township of Halewood, the plan will be led by Halewood Town Council.

This is how government describe the benefits of Neighbourhood Planning

“Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.

Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to plan for the types of development to meet their community’s needs and where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area”.

From UK Government Homepage: Paragraph: 001 Reference ID: 41-001-20190509

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