About Neighbourhood Planning...
The Localism Act 2011 gave people the democratic right to be involved in drawing up a plan for their local area.
Production of a Neighbourhood Development Plan (referred to simply as a Neighbourhood Plan) is a way of helping local communities to influence what is built in the area. It is an important document that planners refer to before deciding on planning applications.
When it is written, the Neighbourhood Plan can:
- Develop a shared vision for our neighbourhood plan area
- Influence decision on the way that land is used for housing, businesses, shops and leisure
- Protect green spaces from development
- Influence the design of new buildings, through design guidance and site specific policies
The Town Council has set up a Neighbourhood Plan Working Group to help prepare the Neighbourhood Plan. The Group is made up of a mix of Town Councillors and members of the community who have said they would like to help. Key decisions on the plan are made by Full Council.
The Group is supported by a planning consultant and other advisors.
The Neighbourhood Plan Area
The Neighbourhood Plan area covers the whole parish, which includes the wards of
- Jumpers and St Catherines (includes Fairmile)
- Priory (includes the Town Centre, Purewell and Barrack Road areas)
- Grange (Somerford area)
- Friars Cliff
- Mudeford and Stanpit