We want to keep you informed about what the Neighbourhood Plan is, and how it is being developed, and these posts will provide a simplified overview of the process.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Introduced in 2011 by the Localism Bill, a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) is a document which will state where we want newly built homes and other buildings to be located. This is very important in Bottesford Parish (comprising Bottefsord, Easthorpe, Muston and Normanton), as we are a popular area, and at risk of some possible aggressive development, which we may not agree with or want.
So the plan is created to shape where future building developments should be. The plan can’t stop developments or refuse planning permission (that still lies with the Borough or County Councils), but we can have a much stronger say in where we want it.
Once the plan is developed, it will be independently checked, then voted upon by all of us within the four villages. If the plan receives a majority in favour, then the planning authorities must abide by it for all future planning decisions.
How is the NP created?
There are several stages. These are described in the accompanying pages. But quite simply, the organisers of the plan – the Steering Group (SG), – have to consult with as many residents, workers, businesses, churches, charities, sports groups and other groups as possible.
They need to find out exactly what is good and bad about our villages, and critically, what we would like our community to be like in the next 25-30 years.
Once all this information is collated, they will need to start writing policies which will determine where we want future development to occur.
Finally, after a check by independent assessors, we can vote on it.
Where are we now?
As at March 2015, The SG have met a number of times. They have divided into separate groups in order to concentrate on 7 key aspects of rural life.
They are currently at the ‘Engagement and Consultation’ stage. That is why you will receive lots of requests to tell the committee of what you like or dislike about where we live. And what you want the future to look like.
An organisation called the Rural Community Council (RCC), have been helping us with this activity.