What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan sets out the local community’s vision for the future of its area. Neighbourhood Plans form part of the District Council’s Local Plan and carry significant weight in deciding planning applications within the Parish.
In outline Neighbourhood Plans:
- Develop a shared vision based on the views of local residents and businesses.
- Help set planning criteria for new homes, shops, businesses and other development.
- Identify and protect important local green spaces.
- Influence what new buildings should look like.
While the Parish Council is responsible for the development of the Plan it is fundamental that the Plan reflects the opinions of residents. To this end part of the process is for the Parish Council to consult with local residents, businesses and other interested parties. Once the Neighbourhood Plan has been developed it is reviewed by an independent Examiner and subjected to a referendum of local residents.
If we progress the Neighbourhood Plan promptly we can influence some of the developments that we currently face which are causing public concern. Had a plan been in existence before it would also have made it easier to avoid a number of unwelcome proposals the Parish has faced in the past.
Whilst a Neighbourhood Plan cannot seek to prevent development it can define what scale and nature of development is appropriate. The Parish Council has seen how recent issues have energised residents and would like to harness this for the long-term good.
How will the plan be funded?
The Parish Council has obtained two grants from Locality and help in kind is provided by Wycombe District Council, but a fair proportion of the costs will be borne by the Parish Council which will be funded from reserves and should avoid any increase in the Parish Precept which contributes to everyone’s Council Tax bill.