Neighbourhood planning is a way for communities to take a proactive approach to deciding the future of the places where they live and work. Communities can use a neighbourhood plan to help shape the future development and use of land in their neighbourhood. This includes the development of homes, shops, offices and infrastructure.
The Neighbourhood Plan can:
The Neighbourhood Plan cannot:
A Neighbourhood Plan helps set out a community's vision for their area over the next ten to twenty years. Unlike a Parish Plan, once adopted the Neighbourhood Plan has the same legal status as the Local Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the district. It will be used in deciding planning applications for the area.
In South Cambridgeshire it is the parish councils who are the ‘qualifying bodies’ that can initiate the process and work with the local community to develop their neighbourhood plan. As the Local Planning Authority, South Cambridgeshire District Council has a duty to support the parish council and local community through the neighbourhood planning process.
Our Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit has been designed to help local communities decide whether they want to get involved in creating a neighbourhood plan and if they do, how to go about preparing a neighbourhood plan.
We have created a Facebook Group for those involved in neighbourhood planning to share news, ideas and good practice and to ask each other questions about their experience. Become a member of the group by visiting our Facebook page or search for 'Neighbourhood Planning - South Cambridgeshire' on Facebook.
Presentations from workshops and seminars on neighbourhood planning are available to view on our Neighbourhood Planning Events webpage.
Details of each of the Neighbourhood Areas designated and Neighbourhood Plans being prepared in South Cambridgeshire are provided on our Neighbourhood Plans webpage.
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