What is it?
It is a local plan to provide communities more control over the type, location, size, pace and design of development in their local area, including:
- Managing the level of new housing development and what this should provide
- Protection/creation of open space
- Transport and local infrastructure
- Local facilities
A NDP cannot promote less development than set out in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP). It must be consistent with national and local strategic policies. A Neighbourhood Plan carries significant weight in determining planning applications.
Now that the SDWP is adopted with development sites identified, and with the number of recent controversial planning applications within the village, it feels the right time to develop a document which will help direct the community’s vision and objectives for our Parish.
A planning consultant will be required for preparing the draft plan and the amount of support will depend on the skills available within the Neighbourhood Planning team.
The Plan will be a list of polices generated from the priorities of the community which will be gathered through surveys and other community engagement so having input from a large and wide section of the community is essential. The Plan will be in line with the SWDP until 2020 and beyond.
The Local Planning Authority will provide advice and guidance and comment on the draft documents and other public sector service providers will need to be involved at certain stages.
More details here about developing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Ashton