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An intr uction to Neighbourhood

An introduction to Neiighbourh Planning


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.


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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