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Parish Conference Neighbourhood Plans 25 November 2011 Today’s Presentation 1. What are Neighbourhood Plans? 2. Dacorum’s approach so far • The role of the Local Planning Framework • Front Runners Scheme – Grovehill 3. The role of Town and Parish Councils and Neighbourhood Groups Neighbourhood Plans We don’t have all the answers at the moment Draft Regulations were published on 13 October 2011 for comment until 5 January 2012 What are they about? • About planning and development but Plans can go beyond pure ‘development’ matters. • Plans can only promote more, not less development than set out in the Core Strategy • Need to fit with the authority’s strategic policies, with national policies, and with European legislation (particularly the Human Rights Act and SEAs). “The primacy of the “In order for the plan to be local plan is adopted, indeed in order for it absolute.... Any plan to go forward even to a drawn up by a group referendum, it has to be of local people that examined and found to didn’t conform to the conform with the local plan” strategic aspects of the local plan would have no standing in “The provisions of the the planning system Localism Bill were not quite at all.” what people expected in the sense of being pro- growth” “There can be no neighbourhood plan that goes below the levels that have been allocated in the local plan” Who prepares them? • Prepared by Town and Parish Councils and other duly elected neighbourhood groups in non- parished areas. • District Council has a duty to support these groups How are they prepared? • The Borough Council will be responsible for checking a plan for these latter aspects. • There will be a ‘light touch’ examination to make sure the plan fits with the Borough strategy – and other neighbourhood plans. • Once these things have happened, it will go to a referendum within the neighbourhood (and adjoining areas, if they are affected). • If a simple majority of votes are in favour of the plan, the authority has to adopt it. The Strategic Planning Framework context Core Strategy Site National planning Allocations policies and guidance Development Management Policies The Development Area Action Plan LOCAL Plan Minerals and Waste Development Framework DEVELOPMENT (produced by Hertfordshire FRAMEWORK Proposals County Council) FOR DACORUM Map Neighbourhood Plans Supplementary Statement of Local Development Annual Monitoring Planning Community Scheme (LDS) Report Documents (SPDs) Involvement (SCI) (AMR) The importance of the Core Strategy Takes a ‘localist’ approach with the inclusion of Place Strategies for: • Hemel Hempstead • Berkhamsted • Tring • Bovingdon • Markyate • Kings Langley • Countryside Grovehill A Neighbourhood Plan Front-Runner 1. Extent of Neighbourhood Plan to be agreed with Neighbourhood Forum. 2. A regeneration and delivery plan for Grovehill Local Centre based on increased housing, improvements to the public realm and provision of community facilities and maintenance of a strong local shopping and service offer. 3. A pilot for bottom-up, open source community consultation in neighbourhood planning. 4. An exemplar for proactive, positive neighbourhood planning and development delivery. A plan for Grovehill by Grovehill Final content to be decided, but likely to include: • What the neighbourhood is like – its key identity, characteristics. • Local issues. • Planning policy for new development. An opportunity for the regeneration of Henry Wells Square • Opportunities for improvements • Vacant and underused land • New Housing • Affordable Housing • Strong local shopping offer and public services • A new look and image for the area Regeneration of Henry Wells Square Your Plans • Consider what you need to cover – does the Local Planning Framework already deliver what you need? • How will the Neighbourhood Plan help deliver development locally? • Let DBC know as soon as possible • Area covered needs to be agreed by DBC • There are no further resources at present • You can use DBC’s evidence base – but the cost of further work will need to be borne by you • Your Plan must be robust enough to withstand challenge • Consider the process carefully • DBC has to fund examiner and referendum but will need advance notice • Work closely with DBC and see if referendum can be avoided Further resources The following organisations have been appointed by Government to offer advice and support: • CPRE - www.cpreherts.org.uk • Princes Foundation - www.princes-foundation.org • Planning Aid - www.rtpi.org.uk/planningaid/ • Locality - www.locality.org.uk/projects/building- community/ Planning Advisory Service - • Guide for Ward Councillors • FAQs and case studies on website Planning Officers Society (POS) Hertfordshire Planning Group Any questions?
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