Neighbourhood planning for communities was introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of a Neighbourhood Plan.
Neighbourhood Plans become part of the statutory process and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. It must be stressed that the policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like. Having a Neighbourhood Plan in place which is based on community consultation and evidence will help us to influence the type and nature of what is already in the Local Plan. Additionally, it will ensure that any further development is acceptable to the people of the Sid Valley, is appropriate and meets their needs and aspirations.