What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Communities have a right in law (The Localism Act 2011) to shape development in their area through the production of a Neighbourhood Plan.
Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided. Review planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.
Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.
Why a Neighbourhood Plan?
The East Herts District Plan sets out the planning framework for the District for the period up to 2033. The plan will provide new homes, jobs, facilities and infrastructure across the District. It also contains development management policies that will be used to determine planning applications. There should be an understanding of what the Neighbourhood Plan will not do (e.g. it's not going to stop development earmarked in the EHDC plan).
What can you do to help?
The Parish Councils of Stanstead Abbotts and St Margarets have agreed to develop a joint Neighbourhood Plan. Great Amwell Parish Council has agreed that the Folly estate will be included.
But this isn’t just a Parish Council plan, it’s a Neighbourhood Plan, and it will only have an influence on future development if we have the support of the community.
A steering group has been formed, comprising of a few Parish Councillors and local residents. The group has begun the work to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. We have regular meetings – look out for the dates that we publish on Facebook and on the noticeboards and come along and hear about what we’re doing.
Over the coming months we’ll be publicising how the plan is progressing. But we’ll need your help too. We’ll need to draw on people who have expert knowledge of things like planning law, transport and biodiversity. We also need people to help us with practical tasks like delivering leaflets and organising events.
We must show that we have the support of the community, so we will be issuing surveys that we’ll need you to respond to. We’ll also be reaching out to community groups of all ages. If you run a group for village children, young people or adults, get in touch – we’ll come along to talk to you.
If you love our village and surrounding areas, then please help us – we can’t do it without your support.