Neighbourhood Planning is a key part of the Localism Act (2011) intended to give local communities greater power to shape development in their neighbourhoods by having a direct role in the formulation of planning policies at a local level.
Within Tewkesbury Borough, Neighbourhood Planning can only be undertaken by Town and Parish Councils, with Tewkesbury Borough Council providing technical support and assistance and making necessary decisions at key stages.
Neighbourhood Planning must be developed, resourced and led by the Town / Parish Council with input from local residents and businesses. They are a legal document and once brought into legal will be used to help decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area.
Parishes can seek to prepare the following:
- Neighbourhood Development Plan;
- Neighbourhood Development Order; and
- Community Right to Build Order.
Funding for Neighbourhood Planning Groups
The Department for Communities and Local Government increased the level of funding available to all groups from £8,000 to £9,000 from 1 April 2016. This additional funding can be used by groups to fund the completion of their neighbourhood plans. DCLG hope that some groups will use this funding to obtain more information on their evidence base, but this is not mandatory.
All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for up to the £9,000 grant. Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme.
This support can come in two forms:
- Technical support provided by AECOM - there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed.
- Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.
If your group has already received £8,000 in funding and are still working on your plan, you may apply for further funding up to the maximum of £9,000 (or £15,000 for complex groups).
A rolling programme of applications is underway and is expected to be operated throughout the year.
Neighbourhood Development Plans
Producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, often referred to simply as a Neighbourhood Plan, provides an opportunity for communities to become directly involved in planning policy. A plan allows the local community to create a vision and planning policies for the use and development of land in a neighbourhood; for example, where new homes and businesses can be built and what they should look like.
Neighbourhood Development Plans can be general or more detailed, depending on what is important to local people. They must however, conform to the strategic policies in the core strategy and should not be used to promote a lower level of development.
In Tewkesbury Borough, Neighbourhood Development Plans can only be produced by Town or Parish Councils. Because Neighbourhood Development Plans will be the planning documents for these 'Parishes', they have to be prepared according to a set procedure.
The Town or Parish Council must:
- Apply to the Borough Council to have their Town or Parish officially 'designated' as a Neighbourhood [Plan] Area;
- Once a designation is made no other organisation or body may be designated for that Neighbourhood Area until that designation expires or is withdrawn;
- Gather information on Parish residents' and businesses' views on how they want their local area to be planned, and relevant background information about their Neighbourhood Area;
- Consult residents and businesses in their Neighbourhood Area on drafts of the plan; and
- Submit the final draft plan to the Borough Council for a further round of consultation and Examination by an Independent Examiner.
If the Examiner subsequently declares that the plan meets the specified Basic Conditions, it must then be subject to a Referendum, organised by the Borough Council, of people eligible to vote in local elections in the area covered by the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
If more than 50% of the people who vote, are in favour of the plan being used to help determine planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area, the Borough Council must formally adopt it. Once brought into legal force it forms part of the Tewkesbury Borough Statutory Development Plan.
Neighbourhood Plan - Designation of a Neighbourhood Area
The 'Neighbourhood Area' is the area to which a proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan will relate. Parishes or Towns must apply to designate a Neighbourhood Area.
The application form and accompanying guidance note (see below) outlines the details required in order to accord with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Section 5.
Notice is hereby given that the following Town and/or Parish Councils have applied to Tewkesbury Borough Council for designation of a Neighbourhood Area under Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
We are committed to publishing all applications received in our LPAA (in accordance with The Town and Country Planning Act 1990, The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Part 2, Regulation 6).
- There are currently no applications to designate a Neighbourhood Area
If an application is received by Tewkesbury Borough Council for a Neighbourhood Area which extends beyond the administrative boundaries of the applicant Town or Parish Council, and it is not a joint application between adjoining councils, there will be a statutory 6 week consultation period on the designation. At this time details on the consultation process and how to respond will be posted here.
Currently there are 14 areas designated for the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan in our borough. Four of these are 'combined' Parish areas where two or more Town or Parish Councils have agreed to work together on the preparation of a joint Neighbourhood Plan.
Neighbourhood Plan - Consultations
Town or Parish Council Consultations
Consultations carried out by the Qualifying Bodies (in Tewkesbury Borough this is the Town and Parish Councils) under regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), on a draft Neighbourhood Plan will be published below.
- No open consultations at this time.
Tewkesbury Borough Council Consultations
Consultations, under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), on Neighbourhood Plan proposals submitted to the Borough Council by Towns and Parishes will be published below.
- No open consultations at this time.
Neighbourhood Plan - Examinations
Neighbourhood Plans currently at Examination
- No plans are currently at Independent Examination
Neighbourhood Plans that have completed Examination
The following links are to the Examination Library containing the documents specified in Regulation 17 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended):
Neighbourhood Plan - Referendums
Neighbourhood Plans going to Referendum
Details of referendums on Neighbourhood Plans, held in accordance with paragraph 12(4) of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as applied by section 38A(3) of the 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, as amended), will be published here.
- On the 26th April 2017 Tewkesbury Borough Council's Executive Committee considered the Independent Examiner's report on the Gotherington Neighbourhood Plan and resolved:
- To accept all of the Examiners recommended modifications;
- that ‘the plan’, as modified, meets the basic conditions, is compatible with the Convention rights, complies with the definition of a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and the provisions that can be made by a NDP; and
- to take all appropriate actions to progress the plan to referendum on the 20th July 2017.
Neighbourhood Plans that have been to Referendum
- Highnam neighbourhood development plan
- Referendum 24th November 2016
- Winchcombe and Sudeley neighbourhood development plan
- Referendum 24th November 2016
Neighbourhood Plan - Adopted Plans
Winchcombe and Sudeley Neighbourhood Plan
Following an Independent Examination and Referendum, Tewkesbury Borough Council resolved to bring the Winchcombe and Sudeley Neighbourhood Plan into legal force under Section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) at a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 24th January 2017.
The Winchcombe and Sudeley Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Tewkesbury Borough Council.
Highnam Neighbourhood Plan
Following an Independent Examination and Referendum, Tewkesbury Borough Council resolved to bring the Highnam Neighbourhood Plan into legal force under Section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) at a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 24th January 2017.
The Highnam Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Tewkesbury Borough Council.