Neighbourhood Planning - a primer
A Central Government initiative encourages communities to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NP). Such a document sets out to shape development - including housing - in a parish or town. If approved by a majority of parish residents in a referendum and subsequently by the relevant District Council, a Neighbourhood Plan becomes a statutory document: it has force in law. While an approved Neighbourhood Plan cannot be ignored by a District Council, it must align with, and is subservient to, higher-order Plans such as Lewes District Council's Local Plan.
Note: while a NP can seek to influence the type of housing and its location, it cannot block housing development.
The Barcombe Neighbourhood Plan
Barcombe Parish Council watched with interest as other Councils worked through their NPs, then in 2014 took the first steps towards developing its own. A Steering Group (SG) advises the Parish Council. Its members are listed below, along with 2017 meeting Minutes and the latest document(s). Minutes of earlier meetings are available from the Steering Group Secretary.
STEERING GROUP MEMBERS
Alex MacGillivray (Chairman)
Peter Denison-Pender (Financial Controller)
Mandy Markwick (Secretary)
Christine Arbenz (Barcombe PC)
Alan Marler (Barcombe PC)
- Minutes, Steering Group 7th November 2017
- Minutes, Steering Group 5th October 2017
- Minutes, Steering Group 12th September 2017
- Minutes, Steering Group 10th August 2017
- Minutes, Steering Group 3rd July 2017
- Minutes, Steering Group 25th May 2017
- Minutes, Steering Group 24th April 2017
- Minutes, Steering Group 7th February 2017
- SG Minutes 12th Oct 2016
- SG Minutes 1st Nov 2016
- SG Minutes 10th Nov 2016
- SG Minutes 21st Nov 2016
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