What is a neighbourhood plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan can be used to:
- Develop a shared vision for the neighbourhood
- Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
- Identify and protect important local green spaces.
- Influence what new buildings should look like.
- Decide where and what type of development should happen in the local neighbourhood.
- Promote more development than is set out in the Local Plan.
- Include policies (eg design standards) that take precedence over local plan policy – but not conflict with it.
- Conflict with the strategic policies in the Local Plan.
- Be used to prevent development that is included in the Local Plan.
For further details about neighbourhood planning:
The 7 steps to developing a neighbourhood plan?
- Determine the boundary and apply to Lichfield District Council, for your neighbourhood area to be formally designated.
- Collect existing information and work with the local community to identify issues, aims and themes of your plan. (These can range from a single issue to a range of issues depending on what is important to your community).
- Create a draft plan which outlines your proposals policies and options.
- Hold a formal public consultation of your draft plan to make sure it reflects the needs and aspirations of your neighbourhood.
- Create your final plan incorporating feedback.
- Submit the final plan to the District Council who will complete an additional consultation and arrange for the plan to be submitted for independent examination.
- If the examiner decides the plan meets the 5 ‘Basic Conditions’ the District Council will arrange a referendum that covers your neighbourhood plan area when you will have a yes/no vote. If over 50% of people vote ‘yes’, the plan will then be made.