What is Neighbourhood Planning?
Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and provides rights to a community to shape the future development and growth of an area. Neighbourhood plans provide a great opportunity for you to have more influence on how the places in which you live and work will change over time. Your local knowledge, and your sense of what should be protected and what needs to change, can really make a difference.
A neighbourhood plan is a way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work. It can be used to develop a shared vision for your neighbourhood including where new homes, shops and other facilities should be built and what they look like. It can influence the delivery of key development sites, while still ensuring the needs of the wider area are met.
Typically, Neighbourhood Plans include themes such as housing, transport and access, green space, and the protection of important buildings and historic assets and may focus on one or two issues of particular importance in the local area. The Iver Neighbourhood plan (INP) will guide future development in The Ivers.
It is important to identify what the issues are that you want the neighbourhood plan to address. What are the strengths and positive features of your neighbourhood; the negative features of your neighbourhood; and those things that your neighbourhood doesn’t have that it would like. Your answers and comments to the questionnaire will provide the information needed to write the policies for the draft Iver Neighbourhood Plan (INP).
The Local Planning Authority (South Bucks District Council) is involved and will make decisions at key stages of the process, such as approving the neighbourhood area and confirming the Plan meets legal requirements. There will then be a period of consultation before submitting the INP for examination. If the draft INP passes examination there will be a referendum and if it is approved by a majority of those voting, the INP will be adopted.
It then becomes a statutory document in the local development framework for the area, against which planning applications will be considered by South Bucks District Council, but taking into account policies in the neighbourhood plan as well as the local plan.
More information can be found at:Localities Guide to Neighbourhood Planning