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An intr uction to Neighbourhood


An introduction to Neiighbourh Planning


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Neighbourhood Planning was introduced under the Localism Act in 2011 and allows local communities to have a far greater say in planning for their area.


A Neighbourhood Plan can contain policies for design and public realm, housing and employment, and can also allocate land for housing, recreation or employment for example, so this affords the local community a great opportunity to express their views on matters that are really important to them.


What can’t the used for


Neighbourhood Plan be used for?


The Neighbourhood Plan can’t prevent development or be over protective of the status quo in an attempt to block housing or employment proposals.


Constituted bodies such as Parish Councils, or Neighbourhood Forums can apply to their local council to designate an area for the purposes of a Neighbourhood Plan and then begin to work on a plan with policies for that area. Some may choose to do this using a group of volunteers, whilst others may employ specialist support.There are a number of funding opportunities and grants that can be applied for.


The Draft Plan


The draft plan is gov erned b y regulations setting out the


stages the plan must go thr ough which includes at least two public consultations.


What happens next? •


When al l of the all of the consul tation stages ar e complete the plan must be examined independently.





If recommended by the examiner a local refere on the plan must be held.


• The local authority must then ‘make’ (adopt) the rhood Plan an ngside its othe


an must be he authority mus


Neighbourhood Plan and use it alongside its other policies when


local plan policies when considering planning applications in that are


Neighbourhood Plans in the borough


active Neighbourhood Planning Maidstone has a number of v


s a number of ourhood Plan


groups, with 14 different ar eighbourhood


cover ed by Neighbourhood Plans which are all at different st of development. Curr ently s one ‘made’ p


Maidstone has one ‘made’ plan, for North Loose which was at the meeting of Full Counc April 2016.


hood


Staplehur st also has a v ery advanced plan which has been examined and will be subject to a local refer endum in early November 2016, and the


Headcorn Plan is curr ently at examination.


How do we support e support


Neighbourhood Planning groups during the process


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Provision of mapping Health-check s on draft


policies Arranging and


managing consul tations, examinations and referendums.





Pr oviding updates and advice on national policy r elating to


Neighbourhood Plans so those involved ar e kept up to date with changes to legislation.


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