Neighbourhood Plans give powers to local groups to shape the way their area develops in the future.
Neighbourhood Plans were introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act. They give powers for local groups to shape the way their area develops in the future. The process to adoption is very similar to other local plan documents and ends with a public referendum where a community votes in support or opposition of the plans.
There are a number of strict criteria that a Neighbourhood Plan must satisfy and funding is available to interested groups to ensure that adequate support is available. One of the benefits of having a plan in place is that more money from developer contributions is given to the community to spend on the infrastructure projects they prioritise.
Although it is still a relatively fresh concept (in planning terms) HLF Planning Ltd has first-hand experience of the process. We are able to offer different levels of advice and are also experienced in holding public exhibitions and consultation events.
For an example of a plan we have worked on please see: lmnp.org.uk/. For more information on our involvement and to discuss a potential neighbourhood plan for your area please speak with David Bevan or email firstname.lastname@example.org