Neighbourhood Planning

This is a new right for communities that came into force in April 2012.  This right was introduced in the Localism Act with the intention that Neighbourhood Planning will be a way for communities to:

· Choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built
· Have their say on what those new buildings should look like
· Grant permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.

Parish and Town Councils (or, in areas without elected Councils, a Neighbourhood Forum) will take the lead on defining a neighbourhood and developing the Neighbourhood Plan.

How is a Plan started?

Once the neighbourhood has been defined and there is approval from the local planning authority, the next step is the Neighbourhood Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order. These must be generally in line with local and national planning policies and other laws. You will need to thoroughly engage and consult your community in developing the ideas within your plan. The final plan is submitted to your local planning authority for an independent check by an experienced examiner to check it meets the required standards. Finally, the local council will organise a referendum to give the community a say on whether the Neighbourhood Plan or Development Order comes into force. Once in force decision makers will be obliged, by law, to take what it says into account when they consider development in that neighbourhood.

A Neighbourhood Plan may not be the right approach for your community. You may want to complete a Community Led Plan first before starting to look at the details of your built environment, or you may be able to influence how your village looks by using existing planning mechanisms. It is also worth noting that a Neighbourhood Plan is not the route to use to block proposed new building already allocated to your area – the Neighbourhood Plan is about accepting development and shaping it to meet the needs of your residents.

For more information and advice about making the right decision for your community contact Rural Action Yorkshire.  Also see the resources page and 'How RAY can help'.

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Join our umbrella organisation Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) for the re-launch of the widely-succesful Village SOS project, a £1.4m campaign to inspire people who want to make a real difference in their communities.

This is an all-day event on Saturday 28th February, jampacked with workshops, training and case studies to inspire and teach communities and budding volunteers how to tackle new projects, social enterprises, and innovative ideas.

You can book by calling Chris Cowcher at ACRE on 01285 653477.

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Over the past few months Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) has been developing a Rural Strategy to review the state of rural Yorkshire, highlight potential opportunities and challenges and suggest priority areas for future activity, both for us and for other organisations working in rural Yorkshire. We have been working in partnership with Humber and Wolds RCC to ensure we are able to present issues and ideas that have resonance across the whole of Yorkshire.

This free online training session is aimed at communities already undertaking Neighbourghood Planning or who are interested in Neighbourhood Planning and want to learn more from those who have already pioneered the approach.

Find out more and register for your place via the Locality website.

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Legal disputes over major developments will be fast-tracked for consideration by a new Planning Court which will be established by this summer, the Government has announced.

Would you like to help RAY plan our future work? Do you know lots about your community building, the needs of your residents or just enjoy thinking through new solutions for rural issues? Then we would love to hear from you.

The Eden Project, which is one of the designated national organisations working with the Department for Communities and Local Government to support communities put a Neighbourhood Plan in place, is organising residential Neighbourhood Planning Camps in Spring 2014, one in York and one in Oxford.

The Eden Project, which is one of the designated national organisations working with the Department for Communities and Local Government to support communities put a Neighbourhood Plan in place, is organising residential Neighbourhood Planning Camps in Spring 2014, one in York and one in Oxford.

The Eden Project, which is one of the designated national organisations working with the Department for Communities and Local Government to support communities put a Neighbourhood Plan in place, is organising residential Neighbourhood Planning Camps in Spring 2014, one in York and one in Oxford.

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The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published a new guide to the community rights introduced in the Localism Act 2011.

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