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Neighbourhood Planning

Burslem Neighbourhood Planning

So far the Burslem Regeneration Trust  been busy consulting with the local council about supporting the initiative and have made an application for early funding to enable us to develop the necessary forums and to commence the generation of ideas on what people would like to cover within the eventual plans.

We have now received confirmation that our applications for funding have been approved and greatly welcome your  support to make this work to Burslem’s benefit. The introductory meeting will provide further information on the nature of a neighbourhood plan, likely timescales from inception of the process to its conclusion and to explore what it means for every member of the forum in terms of time commitment and the like.

Each forum will require a membership of at least 21 people who live or work in the relevant area made up of a good cross section of the population in the area including business / shop owners where that applies. 

In order to give you more of an idea of what neighbourhood plans are all about please find below a few brief guidance notes along with website references where you may research the topic further should you so wish.

My Community website 

What is a neighbourhood plan?

In very simple terms, a neighbourhood plan is:

•A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area – planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications

•Prepared and written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority

•A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.

Local people can create a plan that allows them to develop planning policies that reflect the priorities of their area and have real legal weight. The whole community then decides at a referendum vote whether the plan comes into force.

A neighbourhood plan is an important document with real legal force, therefore there are certain formal procedures that it must go through. 

See also : 

Royal Town Planning Institute 

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

Neighbourhood Development Plans are a statutory planning document and will be used with the Local Plan to test all planning applications in the area.  Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders allow communities to grant planning permission either in full or in outline for the types of development they want to see in their areas.

It must be stressed that the policies produced are not a method for stopping development, what they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.

Neighbourhood planning is one of the community rights, along with the Community Right to Build, Community Right to Bid, Community Right to Challenge and Community Right to Reclaim Land. See the My Community Rights website for more information.

 How does it work?

A community group known as a neighbourhood forum needs to be established to lead. The Localism Act recognises that not all communities are residential in nature and as such in areas that are predominantly commercial then a business led neighbourhood forum can be established.

The Local Planning Authority (Stoke-on-Trent City Council) is involved and will make decisions at key stages of the process, such as approving the neighbourhood area within which the Neighbourhood Development Plan will have effect. It will also organise the independent examination of the plan and the community referendum that is held at the end of the process.

The referendum is an important part of the process allowing those that live in the neighbourhood area to decide whether or not the Neighbourhood Development Plan, Neighbourhood Development Order or Community Right to Build Order comes into effect or not. This is direct democracy and outlines the importance of working with the wider community and securing their support at an early stage in the process.

Other websites such as those below have further information for those that would like to research things more.

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