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Neighbourhood plans

A neighbourhood plan provides an assessment of land use, infrastructure and aspirations for development and conservation.

What is a neighbourhood plan?

Purpose

To assess character and set guidelines to influence what future development should look like.

Status

A neighbourhood plan forms part of the local authority development plan (subject to an independent examination and support by local referendum). It  might also result in a 'Neighbourhood Development Order' which (subject to an independent examination and support by local referendum) will set out development proposals without the need to seek planning permission.

The document

It will be expected to include an audit of land use and infrastructure together with views and opinion about local need and aspirations for conservation and development. It results in policies on objectives for the area, infrastructure priorities, and a map outlining open space of community importance, assets of community value and locations for development.

The neighbourhood plan protocol

The aim of this protocol is to provide clear guidance for those involved in the neighbourhood planning process. It sets out the stages required in working towards a neighbourhood plan and identifies the responsibilities of those involved.

pdf icon Uttlesford District Council Neighbourhood Plan Protocol [823kb]

The neighbourhood plan process

A number of parishes across the district are preparing plans and statements. The Council has established an agreement with the Rural Community Council of Essex to support communities interested in community led planning. For further information on the support available please contact Jan Cole at RCCE on 01376 574330 or email jan.cole@essexrcc.org.uk

The Localism Act introduces a new right for a parish council or a neighbourhood forum to produce a 'neighbourhood development plan' setting out policies against which traditional planning applications could be judged. These policies could cover:

  • Planning objectives for the neighbourhood;
  • The broad planning context (e.g. transport connections), local facilities, services;
  • Key neighbourhood projects and infrastructure priorities;
  • Development management policies on housing, economic development, environment;
  • Site-specific policies on housing, economic development and environmental issues;
  • Changes in the coverage of some planning designations.

Neighbourhood development planning funding

£100,000 has been allocated to support Neighbourhood Development Planning in future years.

Part of the allocated money will be used to fund independent professional advice to provide direct professional support to Parish/Town Council's developing their Neighbourhood Development Plans.

The rest of the money is set aside to provide grants to Parish/Town Councils who are pursuing Neighbourhood Development Plans and who meet the following criteria:

  • Neighbourhood Development Area approved;
  • Funding application to Government grant scheme (through Locality) submitted; and
  • Funding allocated from Parish/Town Council money.

The total amount of funding allocated will depend on a number of variables but will take into account the size of settlement/area as well as the other resources available up to a maximum of £10,000 per Plan.

The funding will be retained by Uttlesford District Council as the accountable body and will be paid out on receipt of invoices to the Parish/Town Councils.

Please contact the Planning Policy Team on planningpolicy@uttlesford.gov.uk or 01799 510454/637 for further information.

Designated plan areas

Uttlesford District Council have designated a number of Neighbourhood Plan Areas.

Felsted Neighbourhood Plan

Great and Little Chesterford Neighbourhood Plan

Newport and Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan

Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan

Stansted Mountfitchet Neighbourhood Plan

Stebbing Neighbourhood Plan

Thaxted Neighbourhood Plan

Completed neighbourhood plans

 Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan 

 


Additional information

RCCE community led planning

Contact Planning Policy