A Neighbourhood Development Plan is a framework developed by the community for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area, providing new facilities, or allocating key sites for specific kinds of development. It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on just a few. Plans can specify the design of buildings, development of schools, health, leisure and community facilities and infrastructure plans such as transport, walking and cycling provision and disabled access. It can also include the protection and creation of open spaces, nature reserves, allotments, sports pitches, play areas and parks as well as important buildings and historic assets. This is for the community to decide.
A successful Neighbourhood Development Plan will become part of the statutory planning decisions for our District. Its legal status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than other local documents, such as Parish Plans. A Neighbourhood Development Plan must comply with relevant legislation, as well as generally conforming to existing strategic local planning policies. It should not promote less development than that already identified by Stratford District Council in the District’s development plan and can promote more. The Neighbourhood Development Plan can however specify policies and guidance on how new development should be designed, orientated and located. Once the Plan has reached its final draft, it will be put before the Parish in a referendum.