Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Plans – A new planning tool for local communities

The Localism Act 2011 introduced additional powers for local communities including the ability for town and parish councils and “neighbourhood forums” to prepare Neighbourhood Plans. These Plans, if prepared and adopted in accordance with the Act, will form part of the planning policy for the area and will have to be taken into account when decisions are being made on planning applications.

A neighbourhood plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, like:

  • Create a shared vision for Saxilby with Ingleby
  • Have a say on where new homes, shops, offices and workplaces should be built.
  • Protect our green spaces and historic buildings
  • Influence the designs of new homes and other buildings
  • Express our views on our streets and infrastructure, tourism, leisure and community facilities, and environmental issues

The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want.

Neighbourhood plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community, but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area. Neighbourhood plans will have to take into account the local council’s assessment of housing and other development needs in the area and reflect the objectives of the Central Lincolnshire Joint Planning Unit and West Lindsey District Council’s relevant planning policies.

Every resident can be involved in creating the Plan, and we’ll all have a chance to vote on it in a referendum. If it’s approved, it becomes a legal document that will govern all future planning decisions.

This is an incredibly important moment for us, our village, and our future as a community. But to make the Plan work, we needs as many people as possible to contribute to it. To find out how YOU can get involved click here.