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, twelve Neighbourhood Plans have been successfully ‘made’ (adopted) - five in Babergh [Aldham, East Bergholt, Elmsett, Lavenham, and Lawshall] and seven in Mid Suffolk [Botesdale & Rickinghall, Debenham, Haughley, Mendlesham, Stradbroke, Stowupland, and Thurston]. Many other local communities are preparing plans. To find out more explore the green tiles below.
Neighbourhood Plans should add value by setting out a positive vision for how their area can be developed to meet both identified local need and also contribute to the wider district planning objectives. Unlike the more traditional type of Parish Plan or Village Design Statement, a successful Neighbourhood Plan has statutory weight and status. When ‘made’ (adopted) it becomes part of the development plan for that area and will be used to help determine planning applications where relevant.
To help decide if this type of plan is right for your community see our Guide to Community-led Planning Tools (July 2016) which sets out some simple pros and cons of the options available to you.
There is 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: