A Neighbourhood Plan is a powerful tool for local people to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the growth and development of their local area. It gives communities more control over the type, location, size and design of development by putting in place planning policies in line with the vision.
A great majority of us may feel disappointed by approval of recent large scale development in our Parish. Speaking with members of the community during the appeal process and at our Neighbourhood Plan stall at the Crich Fete, most of us are accepting of some development, but argue it needs to be the right kind of development.
In the absence of a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the Parish, the structure within which developers should operate is ambiguous.
This is our opportunity to develop a clear set of policies by which all future developers must adhere.
Further information on neighbourhood planning can be found at www.mycommunity.org.uk
Why does Crich parish need a Neighbourhood Plan?
Change and growth is inevitable and this plan is not all about stopping development. Rather, it provides the opportunity for us to ensure that future housing is suitable for the parish and meets the needs of our area. It will also help us to identify the facilities and services that will need to be in place to meet the future needs of the community. Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the Local Plan and the policies within them are then used in the determination of planning applications.