Across 2016/17 there were several pilot studies undertaken with councils around neighbourhood planning. Some of the material may still be relevant to current work but not necessarily fully inline with the current NPPF and PPG.
The Neighbourhood Development Planning process came about as a result of the Localism Act of 2011. This gave local councils, such as Calstock Parish Council, the power to make planning policies that would become part of the statutory planning framework.
That means the local policies must be taken into account when the Local Planning Authority (Cornwall Council in our case), Governemnt Planning Inspectors, and even the Secretary of State for Communities and local Government, make planning decisions.
That gives us, the local community living in the villages and countryside of Calstock Parish, a much better say in the future development of our area.
if you really want to see the legislative background, then have a browse of these documents:
Locality is the ‘national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive’. The Government Department for Communities and Local Government has commissioned Locality to provide guidance on neighbourhood development planning and to administer a grants scheme.
Their website includes a short explanatory video, which you can find here: ‘Understanding Neighbourhood Planning’
They have also produced an easy to understand guide, which you can find here: ‘Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap Guide’Follow us...