The Plan has reached an important stage, so a big thank you to all those who have responded to the consultation document. All the comments are extremely useful to the Steering Group, and we are currently analysing them and will, if considered necessary, amend the draft plan. Once that is completed the “Neighbourhood Planning Body”, the Granborough Parish Council, will need to agree the modifications and approve the resulting draft for submission to the local planning authority, Buckinghamshire Council (BC).
After submission, responsibility for taking the process forward lies with BC. They will publicise the updated plan and arrange for independent examination which will consider whether the neighbourhood plan meets the basic conditions and other legal requirements. This means there is another six-week period for anyone to make formal comments on the plan, and the comments are submitted to the Examiner.
If the plan passes this examination period with or without any modifications, BC will arrange for a neighbourhood referendum. If there is a simple majority “yes vote” then the GNP is MADE and becomes part of the statutory development plan for the area, which carries the same statutory status as any up-to-date local plan adopted by Buckinghamshire Council for the area.
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Steve Slater (chair), John Thorogood (vice chair), Philip Oakland (Parish Council),
David Smedley (Parish Council), David Morris, Nick Fenwick, Paul Sutton,
John Piddington, Tors Firth (Parish Council)
Consultant; Sally Chapman, Chapman Planning
About Neighbourhood Plans
The residents of Granborough are creating a Neighbourhood Planand this needs the involvement of everyone in the village.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
- Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and to shape the development and growth of their local area. It arises out of the Localism Act 2012 which introduced the ability for parish and town councils to produce plans which will form part of the policies used to make decisions on planning applications.
- Neighbourhood planning is not a legal requirement but a right which communities in England can choose to use.
- A Neighbourhood Plan is a document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area – planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications.
- The document is written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
- It is a powerful tool which will, as far as possible, ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.
What are the benefits of developing a Neighbourhood Plan?
- Developing a Neighbourhood Plan provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop over the next 10, 15 and 20 years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people. They can propose planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development they want to see
- It can bring together residents, businesses, local groups, landowners and developers to share ideas and build consensus about what needs to be accomplished in the area.
- It can help locally-specific planning issues to be addressed, giving greater detail compared to those within district-wide development plans
- Unlike the parish, village or town plans that communities may have prepared (Granborough prepared a plan in 2012) a Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority, in our case, the AVDC.
What is the process for developing a Neighbourhood Plan?
There are four main steps to creating a Neighbourhood Plan:
- Getting set up and deciding on the neighbourhood area
- Consulting with the community and gathering evidence
- Writing and submitting the Plan for scrutiny
- Agreeing its content by local referendum