Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan: The planning process

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The Neighbourhood Plan Process

There are 5 key stages to neighbourhood planning.

STAGE 1: Defining the neighbourhood
STAGE 2: Preparing the plan
STAGE 3: Independent check
STAGE 4: Community referendum
STAGE 5: Legal force

STAGE 2: Preparing the plan

The lead organisation must consult with local organisations and residents to establish community aspirations

The plan must follow some ground rules:

  • it must be generally in line with strategic local and national planning policies
  • it must not contravene other laws and must be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements.
  • neighbourhood plans cannot be used to block the building of new homes and businesses if the local planning authority decides that they are needed Neighbourhood planning can be used to influence the type, design, location and mix of new development
  • neighbourhood plans must contribute to achieving sustainable development

Communities are able to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. Also to identify any constraints such as associated infrastructure requirements.

We can also set down our aspirations for the future of our community and use them to influence future planning decisions.

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