Neighbourhood planning has been introduced to enable more community involvement in the planning process, so that people can shape their local areas and have a greater say in planning decisions.
There are three types of neighbourhood planning documents:
a Neighbourhood Development Plan (shortened to neighbourhood plan) sets out planning policies for development and the use of land in a local area. Once adopted, a neighbourhood plan becomes part of the development plan for the area. This means that the plan has weight when decisions are made on planning applications.
a Neighbourhood Development Order allows permission to be granted for a particular development or use within a defined area without needing planning permission.
a Community Right to Build Order allows a local group to deliver a specific development, such as new homes or new community facilities that the local community is in favour of.
Loose neighbourhood plan referendum 2019
A neighbourhood plan referendum will be held for the Loose Neighbourhood Plan 2018 – 2031 on 8 August 2019. The questions in the referendum will be:
Do you want Maidstone Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Loose to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
The specified documents available to download are:
Marden Parish Council, Parish Office, Memorial Hall, Goudhurst Road, Marden, Kent, TN12 9JX Monday, Tuesday and Fridays 10.00am – 12.00pm (or by appointment, please note that the office is closed on Wednesdays).
Representations must be made in writing (including electronic) to one of the following addresses:
or by post to Strategic Planning, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ
Representations will be considered alongside the Neighbourhood Development Plan by an independent Examiner. Representations may include a request to be notified of the council’s decision on whether to accept the Examiner’s recommendations.
All representations will be publicly available, subject to data protection regulations.
One of the first steps in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan is to apply to designate the Neighbourhood Area, which is the geographical area that the plan will cover. This process can only be done by a parish council, or by a Neighbourhood Forum in an unparished area.
Within the borough of Maidstone, the following Neighbourhood Areas have been designated;
The Localism Act gave local communities the power to come together as Neighbourhood Forums and work on Neighbourhood Plans to develop and implement local priority objectives such as infrastructure improvements and community facilities.
The following Neighbourhood Forum has been designated;
Drafting of the plan and pre-submission consultation
Submission to the Local Authority for publication
There are certain processes that need to be gone through while preparing a Neighbourhood Plan to make sure that it is in line with the regulations. The Plan must also conform with strategic policies in the devlopment plan. Have a look at our flowchart which outlines the process.
The Planning Advisory Service has Neighbourhood Planning guidance and support on their website. They also have a free to access project management tool to help local authorities and communities working together to produce Neighbourhood Plans, and there is guidance on every stage of production.
There are a number of useful websites offering guidance and advice;