The purpose of this group is to provide a platform for discussion and support as Parish Councils within the South Downs National Park develop their Neighbourhood Plans.
It's important that members of this group focus their comments on the process and experience of setting up a Neighbourhood Plan and refrain from making references to individual planning applications, which should be directed to the relevant Local Planning Authority in the usual way.
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Location: Midhurst, West Sussex
Latest Activity: Feb 12
Neighbourhood Planning is a new feature of the town and country planning system. It allows communities to have direct involvement in planning the future of the places where they live and work.
Communities will have an opportunity to look at the environmental, social and economic changes that may occur in their area and consider how development and land uses can be managed in a way that benefits local people.
A Neighbourhood Development Plan may be prepared by a parish council (in some non-parished areas by a neighbourhood forum) and contain one or more planning policies written specifically for their neighbourhood area. Many parishes in the National Park will have already undertaken topic specific surveys or produced plans such as Village Design Statements and Parish Plans that can be used to inform neighbourhood plans.
The new neighbourhood planning tools can set out what changes the community wish to see happen, what is of particular value or importance and should therefore be enhanced, and identify local needs and explore how these may be addressed.
Partnership working is an established principle of the South Downs National Park Authority. We will offer support and advice to communities that choose to do neighbourhood planning. It is hoped that the Forum will provide a chance for communities to share their perspectives and ideas of how neighbourhood planning can work in the context of a beautiful National Park.
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