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Neighbourhood Plans have real legal force,. “This will carry more weight than any local survey, or parish plan!!!”

By pmadmin
Jun 7th, 2015

Neighbourhood Plans for Mirfield ?

Support programmes with £22.5million Neighbourhood Planning, and £3.5 million community buildings over the next 3 years!!!

Early Engagement

The most important stage of community engagement is at the beginning. This should be undertaken before the plan’s vision and aims are developed; the purpose is to identify key issues and themes and to inform the vision and aims. Care should be taken to ask open questions and avoid ‘loading’ the process. Simple

questions may be asked, like:

  • what is good about the area?
  • what is bad about the area?
  • what makes a neighbourhood good to live and work in?
  • what pressures affect the area now or in the future?
  • what needs to change?


There are three main stages to producing a Neighbourhood Plan. These are:

Stage 1 – Getting Established

The first step for parish/town councils or prospective neighbourhood forums wishing to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan is to submit their proposed neighbourhood area to the local planning authority for designation. Prospective neighbourhood forums will also need to submit an application for designation by the local planning authority.


Stage 2 – Preparing the Plan

Preparing to write a Neighbourhood Plan includes publicity, development of local partnerships, community consultation and engagement and the building of an evidence base. This will inform the development of a vision and/or aims for the plan. These in turn will inform the formulation of policy, proposals and site allocations. Community engagement will be necessary at all stages of the plan-making process.

Stage 3 – Bringing the Plan into Force

The proposed Neighbourhood Plan will be submitted to the local planning authority, which will check that proper procedures have been followed in its preparation and that any necessary assessments accompany the plan. Following a period of publicity, the local planning authority will arrange for an independent examination and organise the public referendum, subject to the plan meeting legal requirements.

Localism and Neighbourhood Planning

The idea behind localism is that decision-making be passed to a more local level, from national and regional level to local government, and from local government to local communities. There are two main parts to Neighbourhood Planning: Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders (including the Community Right to Build).

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. A neighbourhood plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of 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 one or two issues only. These may be issues that are relevant to the whole neighbourhood or just to part of the neighbourhood. This is for those producing the plan to decide. A Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.

 Shaping the future of Mirfield is only a group-away?

S Benson.



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