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Neighbourhood Panel

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Dear Resident 

As you may be aware I have for some considerable time been working with various local groups of residents around various planning issues affecting our community. With the introduction of the Localism Act 2011, specifically Part 6 Chapter 3 starting at section 116 Neighbourhood Planning, there is now the opportunity for local communities to develop their own local plan, thus giving the local community the ability to produce their own legally enforceable planning strategy. That said it is not a simple task and must follow a laid down procedure.

First steps involve deciding on the Neighbourhood Area to be covered by the plan and also in our case the formation of a Neighbourhood Panel. I have had exploratory talks with Thurrock Council’s Planning Department to see if they would entertain a Neighbourhood Plan in part of East Thurrock and they could see no objection in principle to the idea.

I would be interested in joining together with other likeminded people to explore the viability of establishing a Neighbourhood Area, Neighbourhood Panel and eventually a Neighbourhood Plan.

Notes from the first exploratory meeting

Rights granted under the Localism Act 2010/2011

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Instead of local people being told what to do, the Government thinks that local communities should have genuine opportunities to influence the future of the places where they live. The Act introduces a new right for communities to draw up a neighbourhood plan.

Neighbourhood planning will allow communities, both residents, employees and business, to come together through a local parish council or neighbourhood forum and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go – and what they should look like.

These plans can be very simple and concise, or go into considerable detail where people want. Local communities will be able to use neighbourhood planning to grant full or outline planning permission in areas where they most want to see new homes and businesses, making it easier and quicker for development to go ahead.

Provided a neighbourhood development plan or order is in line with national planning policy, with the strategic vision for the wider area set by the local authority, and with other legal requirements, local people will be able to vote on it in a referendum. If the plan is approved by a majority of those who vote, then the local authority will bring it into force.

Local planning authorities will be required to provide technical advice and support as neighbourhoods draw up their proposals. The Government is funding sources of help and advice for communities.1 This will help people take advantage of the opportunity to exercise influence over decisions that make a big difference to their lives.  (taken from “A plain English guide to the Localism Act”)  

Here are some more links to other information on Neighbourhood Planning.

ACRE:  Making the most of Community Led Planning: a best practice guide for local authorities.

Locality. – provision of support and networking to community groups.

Planning Advisory Service:  Neighbourhood Planning FAQ