Neighbourhood Plan

What's a Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011. It is an important and powerful tool that gives communities statutory powers to shape how their communities develop.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

In very simple terms, a neighbourhood plan is:

  • A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area – planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications

  • Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority

  • A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place

How do you create a Neighbourhood Plan?

There are three main steps to creating a Neighbourhood Plan which we’ve outlined below.

  • Step 1: Getting set up and deciding on the neighbourhood area (see below)

  • Step 2: Community consultation and evidence 

  • Step 3: Submitting the Plan

The area plan 

On 9 October 2018, Stutton Parish Council submitted an application to define the boundary of their Neighbourhood Plan. Under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Babergh District Council confirmed the designated area on 12 October 2018.

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