The Localism Act 2011 introduced a range of new rights and powers to allow communities to improve the places where they live and work. One of these rights was Neighbourhood Planning.
To date, four Neighbourhood Plans have been ‘made’ (adopted) across our two districts - East Bergholt, Lavenham, Lawshall and Mendlesham. Many other local communities are also preparing plans. To find out more, explore the green tiles further below.
Neighbourhood Plans should set out a positive vision for how the plan area can develop in ways that meets identified local need. This could include allocating new sites for housing development. Unlike the more traditional type of parish plan or village design statement a successful Neighbourhood Plan has statutory weight and status. When made, it becomes part of the districts ‘development plan’ and it will be used to help determine planning applications within the designated area.
To help decide if this type of plan is right for your community we published a Guide to Community-led Planning Tools (July 2016).
There is a also a wealth of information online. We recommend you bookmark the Neighbourhood Planning website. Launched in March 2018, this is Locality's new home for advice, including: