The Neighbourhood Plan
What is Broadway Neighbourhood Development Plan?
A Neighbourhood Development Plan is a framework developed by a community for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is about the use and development of land. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area, providing new facilities, or allocating key sites for specific kinds of development. It could also deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues only. Neighbourhood Development Plans can specify the design of buildings and protection of open space, development of schools, health, leisure and community facilities and infrastructure plans such as transport, walking and cycling provision and disabled access.
A Neighbourhood Development Plan could also include policies regarding design standards which take precedence over existing policies in the Local Plan for the neighbourhood – provided the NP policies do not conflict with the strategic policies in the Core Strategy. It can also include the protection and creation of open space, nature reserves, allotments, sports pitches, play areas, parks and garden and tree planting as well as the protection of important buildings and historic assets and promotion of renewable energy projects. This is for the community to decide.
A successful Neighbourhood Development Plan will be part of the statutory planning decisions for our District. Its legal status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local documents, such as Parish Plans. A Neighbourhood Development Plan must comply with European and National legislation, as well as generally conforming to existing strategic local planning policy. The Neighbourhood Development Plan can however specify policies and guidance on how new development should be designed, orientated and located. Once the Plan has reached its final draft, it will be put before the Parish in a referendum.
A Neighbourhood Development Plan must be led by a ‘qualifying body’. In our case, it is Broadway Parish Council. A number of volunteers have come forward and expressed an interest in helping to create a Plan. As a result, the Parish Council has set up a steering group to facilitate production of the Plan. The steering group can be made up of Parish Councillors and people in the village with relevant expertise or an interest in driving the plan forward. The Steering Group will report regularly to the Parish Council who must approve the final draft for submission. They will operate in accordance with a set of rules known as the Terms of Reference.
Amongst the many ways the Steering Group will go about producing a Plan, they will look to:
*Provide a forum for discussion and debate.
*Motivate the community to be involved throughout the plan.
*Set up sub-groups to focus on particular themes that arise through the consultation process.
*Identify ways of involving the whole community and gather the views and opinions of as many individuals, groups and organisations in the community as possible.
*Determine the types of survey and information gathering to be used.
Project Plan & Key Dates
In order to pursue a Neighbourhood Development Plan, Broadway Parish Council had to define the area for the Plan. Broadway Parish Council submitted our Area Designation to Wychavon District Council. This was approved in February 2017. (See below or click here to DOWNLOAD MAP).
The Steering Group commissioned Neil Pearce of Avon Planning Services to provide a project plan and to project manage the plan.
Meeting Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 7pm at the Lifford Hall Broadway.
Over 100 people attended the above village meeting to launch the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan for Broadway.
Broadway Parish Survey was sent to every resident in Broadway with a deadline of 1st September 2017 for return. Click here to view or DOWNLOAD SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE and DOWNLOAD COVERING LETTER.
A Business Survey has also been completed to assess the business needs in Broadway.
For more details visit www.broadwayparishcouncil.org