Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to everybody who completed the on-line Skills Survey.  The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been selected, and their inaugural meeting was held on 8th September 2016.  For full details, and copies of minutes or actions, please go to http://www.essexinfo.net/north-weald-bassett-parish-council/neighbourhood-plan/np-meeting/ 

What's it all about?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

Epping Forest District Council is still in the process of producing its Local Plan, which is expected to be completed and adopted late 2018.   Part of the Local Evidence base is the suggestion from Epping Forest District Council that around 1,100 homes could be built on land on or around the Airfield (land belonging to Epping Forest District Council) . There may also be larger areas which could be under threat from developers. A Neighbourhood Plan sets out policies on the development and use of land in a parish or Neighbourhood area for a certain period of time. Whilst a Neighbourhood Plan is not designed to stop development, it will allow the residents in the area to have an influence over the type of development, where it goes, the density and design.

The process of Neighbourhood Planning is complex and involved. It includes a great deal of consultation with local residents and 'stakeholders', and a number of technical documents must be produced. As such, the Parish Council has taken the decision to increase its precept request by 24% (£33,297) for 2015/2016 to ensure appropriate funds are available to create this Neighbourhood Plan. This represents an approximate 24p increase in the Parish Council element of your Council tax payment (for a band D equivalent property) per week for 2015/2016.

If you would like to discuss this further, or if you would like to be involved in the Neighbourhood Planning process, please contact your Parish Council at clerk@northweald-pc.gov.uk, or contact us on 01992 523825.

Cllr Cyril Hawkins, Chairman, North Weald Bassett Parish Council.

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