Neighbourhood Development Plan
Neighbourhood planning was introduced under the Localism Act in 2011 and enabled communities such as ours to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which we live and work and in supporting new development proposals. Unlike the parish plan, a neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the local plan prepared by the local planning authority, in our case this is South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC). Decisions on planning applications will be made by SDDC using both the local plan and the adopted neighbourhood plan and any other material considerations.
Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for our community to set out a positive vision for how we want our community to develop over the next 10, 15, 20 years, to develop in ways that meet identified local need and makes sense for local people. The NDP can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development we want to see. It is a positive, constructive plan, it is not a document to say what is not wanted.
It is up to local communities to choose to prepare an NDP if they wish, not the District Council. This is optional – communities do not have to prepare a plan, Melbourne Parish Council saw the potential and benefits of such a plan and started the process in 2014. There have been several set backs and delays along the way but the process is back on track and our plan has now been submitted to the District Council for formal examination. If it is approved by the examiners, it will lead on to adoption through a local referendum.
The link below explains the processes involved from conception to adoption of a NDP:
How NDP works:
Copy of the Neighbourhood Development Plan
Copy of the basic conditions statement for the Neighbourhood Development Plan
Copy of Neighbourhood Development Plan Consultation statement
Copy of the Terms of Reference for the Neighbourhood Development Plan working party
Contains links to appendices documentation
- Consultation Evidence Files
Contains links to consultation evidence file documentation
Contains links to miscellaneous documentation related to the NDP