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1 Interested in Neighbourhood Planning in Cotswold District?

2 Flow chart Left click on a yellow or green ‘box’ to view details,
Interested in creating a Neighbourhood Plan for your area? What are the issues locally? The issues are primarily related to Planning and infrastructure. The issues are primarily NOT related to Planning and infrastructure. Consider contributing to the Local Plan Consider an alternative route, such as a community or Parish Plan Are you able to lead on Neighbourhood Plan? NO Individual or other group YES Parish Council, or Neighbourhood Forum Left click on a yellow or green ‘box’ to view details, or the green arrow to see the following stages

3 Flow chart 2 Consider an alternative route, such as a community or Parish Plan Parish Council or Neighbourhood Forum Consider contributing to the Local Plan LPA decides whether proposed neighbourhood area is acceptable Prepare Neighbourhood Plan Left click on a yellow, green or orange ‘box’ to view details Submit Neighbourhood Plan to LPA, and consult appropriate bodies (defined in regulation) Independent check Does not meet expected standard Community referendum ‘No’ Vote ‘Yes’ Vote The LPA publishes the Neighbourhood Plan, and it enters into force NEXT STEPS END

4 What are the issues? Neighbourhood Plan / Involvement within LDF
ENVIRONMENT e.g. Refuse and recycling collection; rights of way; public open space; wildlife; biodiversity; recycling; environmental enhancement; energy saving schemes Except where it relates to change to buildings or land What are the issues? COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL e.g. Community; recreation; communication with local area; support for community groups; support for older people; access to health services; anti-social behaviour; volunteers; libraries Except where it relates to change to buildings or land ECONOMY e.g. Broadband speed, local businesses; education and skills; supporting community activities; community shops; promoting local produce Except where it relates to change to buildings or land Community Led / Parish Plan Neighbourhood Plan / Involvement within LDF Only if minor issues PLANNING AND INFRASTRUCTURE e.g. housing and employment numbers; affordable housing; types and location; design; conservation areas; listed building, infrastructure and services; TRANSPORT e.g. speeding; ‘rat runs’; bus routes and times; hospital transport; cycling, congestion Except where it relates to change to buildings or land NEXT STEPS

5 Who is able to lead on a Neighbourhood Plan?
In areas with a parish or town council, the parish or town council will take the lead on neighbourhood planning. They have long experience of working with and representing local communities. In areas without a parish or town council, local people will need to decide which organisation should lead on coordinating the local debate. In some places, existing community groups may want to put themselves forward. In other places, local people might want to form a new group. In both cases, the group must meet some basic standards. It must, for example, have at least 21 members, and it must be open to new members. NEXT STEPS

6 Any individuals or organisations other than town or parish councils need to contact their local town or parish council to discuss the development of a neighbourhood plan. To find contact details for the local town or parish councils go to: NEXT STEPS

7 The Local Development Framework
The Council is preparing a planning vision for the District taking us through to 2031 – this is known as the Core Strategy.  The Core Strategy will set out future levels and distribution of housing and economic development whilst protecting the natural and built environment and taking account of the needs and wishes of communities.  The Core Strategy will be the key document in the Local Development Framework (LDF) which replaces the Local Plan.  Other documents that will form part of the LDF include site allocations and development management policies.  As these documents are prepared they will be subject to consultation and public comment.  Your views as individuals and representatives of your communities are welcomed.  If you would like to receive notification of future LDF consultations and newsletter updates, please register on our consultation portal  or NEXT STEPS

8 Local Plan Timeline Week beginning 3 June 2013  – 19 July 2013 – public consultation on housing requirement and proposed distribution of housing including a strategic site south of Chesterton. October – December 2013 – facilitated events to brief parishes on potential site allocations March – May 2014 – public consultation on local plan, including development strategy, site allocations and development management policies October – November 2014 – public consultation on pre-submission version of local plan March 2015 – submission of local plan for independent examination and approval NEXT STEPS

9 Community-Led / Parish Plans
A parish and community-led plan: Sets out a vision for the future of your community Consults with the community to identify issues and priorities Develops an action plan which covers the issues that concern your community Develops partnership working Can be used to influence agencies' strategies and relates to the local development framework. Doesn’t stop you pursuing a Neighbourhood Plan if the findings point that way! NEXT STEPS

10 For more information, and to see a few case studies, go to:

11 Defining the Neighbourhood
It’s the local planning authority’s job to keep an overview of all the different requests to do neighbourhood planning in their area. They will check that the suggested boundaries for different neighbourhoods make sense and fit together. The local planning authority will say “no” if, for example, two proposed neighbourhood areas overlap. The town or parish council or neighbourhood forum can then get going and start planning for their neighbourhood. NEXT STEPS

12 Independent Check Once a neighbourhood plan or order has been prepared, an independent examiner will check that it meets the right basic standards. If the plan or order doesn’t meet the right standards, the examiner will recommend changes. The planning authority will then need to consider the examiner’s views and decide whether to make those changes. If the examiner recommends significant changes, then the parish, town council or neighbourhood forum may decide to consult the local community again before proceeding. NEXT STEPS

13 Community Referendum The local council will organise a referendum on any plan or order that meets the basic standards. This ensures that the community has the final say on whether a neighbourhood plan or order comes into force. People living in the neighbourhood who are registered to vote in local elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum. In some special cases - where, for example, the proposals put forward in a plan for one neighbourhood have significant implications for other people nearby - people from other neighbourhoods may be allowed to vote too. If more than 50 per cent of people voting in the referendum support the plan or order, then the local planning authority must bring it into force. NEXT STEPS

14 Preparing the Plan With a neighbourhood plan, communities will be able to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. They will be able to say, for example, where new homes and offices should be built, and what they should look like. The neighbourhood plan will set a vision for the future. It can be detailed, or general, depending on what local people want NEXT STEPS

15 Legal Force Once a neighbourhood plan is in force, it carries real legal weight. Decision-makers will be obliged, by law, to take what it says into account when they consider proposals for development in the neighbourhood. NEXT STEPS

16 NEXT STEPS Contact Cotswold District Council, to register your interest and discuss your ideas. Tel: or NEXT STEPS END

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