A Neighbourhood Plan is a set of community-led planning policies about development, regeneration and conservation in a specified area, which forms part of the formal planning policy for the area concerned. Once adopted, our plan will sit alongside the emerging East Herts District Plan as part of East Herts District Council's planning policy for the period up to 2031, including specifying how much new housing is expected to be built in which areas. Most importantly, our neighbourhood plan will be designed by you, for your parish.
The Neighbourhood Plan is our opportunity to shape new development in our parish. Most plans contain a vision, objectives, planning policies and proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities. They often identify sites for specific kinds of development. A plan might deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport) or could focus on just one or two issues such as identifying plots for potential residential development. Sometimes, plans include very specific policies about the form that any new development should take.
A Neighbourhood Plan will give us a much greater say in any development in the parish. It will allow us to influence where new development is located and what it might look like. It will aim to shape development proposals from the outset, rather than having to wait to respond to planning applications which are already some way down the line. It will make sure that local needs and preferences are clearly stated and taken into account as regards future development in our parish.
The Greenbelt washes over Watton-at-Stone: