Staverton Parish Council voted at its May meeting to support the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish. A Neighbourhood Plan is a statutory document that sits alongside the Local Planning Authority’s Local Plan and becomes part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area. It would guide and shape the future development, regeneration and conservation of the Parish. It can contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for providing new facilities, and possibly the allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It can 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.
The key stages in the development of a neighbourhood plan are:
- Set up a Steering Group of councillors and parishioners to drive the project.
- Community Engagement and Involvement – this is a keystone of the process and involves questionnaires and public meetings involving all the community.
- Building the evidence base and writing the draft plan
- Further community consultation on the draft plan.
- Submission of the final plan to independent examination
- Public referendum of all parishioners.
- If voted for at the referendum, the Plan is then ‘made’ and becomes part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area.
The reports below give an outline of the issues involved:
Feasibility study by a group set up by the Parish Council
Briefing paper by Cllr Bruce Thorogood to the Parish Council
Government briefing paper