What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
The Neighbourhood Plan (Also known as a Neighbourhood Development Plan or NDP) is a piece of community-led work which helps shape development in the local area for future housing, conservation and regeneration. It can be used to identify the best sites for development, as well as a unified vision for improving the area as a whole.
Things such as environmental & economic issues can be highlighted and focused on, as well as heritage and housing, all of which are decided on by those creating the plan. Once the plan is “made” (successful at referendum) it then becomes part of the statutory plan for the area, giving it more weight than other local documents like Parish Plans. As it is a piece of the statutory plan, it must meet national legislation, contribute towards sustainable development and conform with local policy. It should not promote less development that what is identified for the local area, rather be used as a tool to enhance the area, and include policies on design and location. The Neighbourhood plan can be made to last for as long as the community decides, such as five, ten, fifteen or even twenty years.
Community engagement is key, and the evidence base that is to be created is based on the views, wants, needs and aspirations of locals, and the local knowledge is key to helping draw the plan together. A steering group is one of the first steps to be made, and this group will then be able to start work on the various areas of the document, with an aim to have it completed in 18 months time.
A steering group comprising of both Parish Councillors and residents has been formed, and are meeting monthly in order to ensure work is progressing with the NDP. Meetings have taken place with various groups within the Parish, and are always eager to hear your thoughts. To see a list of members, as well as minutes and agendas of meetings, check out the Steering Group page.
The area designated for the Fressingfield NDP is the Parish of Fressingfield. Everything within the boundary of the Parish will be covered and included within this NDP, with policies around Community, Economic and Environmental factors.
This can be found on the Mid Suffolk District Council website housing all the official documentation: Mid Suffolk Neighbourhood Planning – Fressingfield
A timetable outlining the various steps in this project can be found here: Timetable (PDF Version)
For more information, check out the Mid Suffolk page on Neighbourhood Planning here.
The website Neighbourhood Planning by Locality also has some great information about the scheme, with some PDF documents explaining it in more detail.