Relationship with MSDC Local Plan
Q. Donít we need an approved Local Plan before we can agree a Neighbourhood Plan?
Until the Plan has gained some momentum, we could be totally exposed to unplanned development.
Timescales mean that both need to be prepared in parallel.
We will need to work from the draft plan and update later as appropriate.
Q. What is the relationship between the District's Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans?
Can Neighbourhood Plans provide less development than is allocated in the Core Strategy?
Neighbourhood plans or orders must be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the adopted development plan for the local planning authority area. Locally, this means that a neighbourhood plan must accord with the MSDC core strategy.
Neighbourhood planning is about shaping the development of a local area in a positive manner.
It is not a tool to stop new development proposals and must reflect local and national policies.
Neighbourhood plans and orders may not promote less development than set out in the local plan or undermine its strategic policies.
Neighbourhood plans may promote more development than is set out in the local plan, as long as they remain in conformity with national policy.