A Neighbourhood Plan is being created so that villagers can set out their views and aspirations for Little Shelford. The Plan will kick off with a public meeting at 7pm on September 22 in the North Building.
.A neighbourhood plan allows Little Shelford to directly influence how the village will develop for years to come.
.It has “statutory status” and South Cambridgeshire District Council will be legally required to take its recommendations into account as part of the wider planning process.
The main advantage of a Neighbourhood Plan was that the Village would receive 25% of any Community Infrastructure Funds (CIL) instead of 15%. The Parish Council would lead the process, but there must be community involvement and wide consultation. Issues needed to be identified. Before a Plan could be finalised, a public referendum, with a more than 50% “yes” vote, was required
The Plan is not just about housing and other building development in the parish (although that is obviously a major issue for many of us).
Neighbourhood Planning is a way for communities to take a proactive approach to deciding the future of the places where they live and work. It is not a legal requirement but a right, which communities can use to determine the development and use of land and to make other improvements to their neighbourhood, including the development of homes, shops, offices, infrastructure and their design. This can be done through a Neighbourhood Plan, a Neighbourhood Development Order or a Community Right to Build Order, all of which follow similar processes.
The Neighbourhood Plan can:
The Neighbourhood Plan cannot:
A Neighbourhood Plan helps set out a community's vision for their area over ten, fifteen, twenty years. Unlike a Parish Plan, once agreed the Neighbourhood Plan has the same legal status as the Local Plan so, decisions on planning applications must take the Neighbourhood Plan into consideration. Communities can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development they want to see.
The parish council initiates the process and works with the community to develop their proposals. The consent of local people must be secured through a referendum before the plan can be passed. As the Local Planning Authority, South Cambridgeshire District Council, supports the parish through the neighbourhood planning process, a summary of which follows:
2. Preparing a Neighbourhood Plan
3. Examination of Neighbourhood Plan
4. Referendum and Neighbourhood Plan Made
Support for Neighbourhood Planning is available from Locality Development Officers and Planning Policy Officers at South Cambridgeshire District Council: call 01954 713182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to meet with you to discuss the planning options open to you and to explore the implications - advantages and challenges - of undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan.
Communities wishing to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan should have a look at the flow chart for area designation and read the Frequently Asked Questions about Designating a Neighbourhood Area document we have produced. Please contact us before you complete the designating a neighbourhood area application form so that we can ensure we fulfil our duty to support you. Consultation is required within the area you propose to designate prior to your application being made. Consider seeking the views of people who live and work in the area, landowners and businesses.
Applications to designate a Neighbourhood Area should be made using the Council's Application form for area designation.
Once a Neighbourhood Area has been designated, we advise you to set up a Steering Group for writing your plan. Also, you might like to consider signing up to a Service Level Agreement so that we as the local planning authority and you as the body leading on the Neighbourhood Plan each know what's expected of each other.