The Localism Act 2011 sets out how communities can get more involved in planning for their areas, specifically around creating plans and policies to guide types of development. Neighbourhood planning is about letting the people who know about and care for an area plan for it. It is about building neighbourhoods – not stopping growth.
Neighbourhood planning is optional, but if adopted by the council, plans and orders will carry significant weight becoming part of the plan making framework for our area. It will also increase the amount of funds available to our village through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
Neighbourhood planning is not entirely new and can build on existing planning work. In Shrivenham we are fortunate to have had the Village Plan 2009, available on this website, and information gained from following village questionnaires.