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Getting started on Neighbourhood Planning

Friday, 21 December 2018 09:30

CPRE Lancashire held their first Neighbourhood Planning evening at The War Memorial Hall in Samlesbury last night. CPRE Lancashire's Vice Chair Lindsay Beaton opened the evening, giving a brief explanation as to how CPRE can help with Neighbourhood Planning. This was followed by a very enlightening talk given by our Planning Manager Jackie Copley, on the topic of how to proceed through the minefield that is Neighbourhood Planning. After  a some refreshments Jackie took questions from the floor. From the positive comments received, CPRE Lancashire hope to run further evening training sessions soon.

Jackie Copley, Planning Manager can arrange to talk to parish councils who are CPRE Lancashire members about how to take Neighbourhood Plans forward, and importantly how to apply for Government grants. If any group or Council would like to find out more about future evenings, please contact us.

Download the slides from the most recent event via the link at the bottom of the page.

Initial advertisement for the event

The Government introduced Neighbourhood Plans (NPs) under the Localism Act 2011, a new way for communities to influence their future.  CPRE thinks they could better protect the distinctiveness and local character of rural areas as new development is planned.  There are rules, such as they must conform to national and local plan policies, and cannot be used to stop development outright.  But, they should improve the quality and design integrity of development.

Parish Councils can progress them, and crucially apply for funding to buy in expertise (prepare the evidence base, draft documents, help local consultation, take to examination, pass a local referendum).  If the majority of voters say ‘yes’, the Neighbourhood Plan will be made.  

Once ‘made’ additional policy will guide new developments as they are planned.  The Local Planning Authority only has to demonstrate a 3(rather than 5)-year housing land supply, better protecting areas from speculative development.  Parish Councils can decide how 25% of Community Infrastructure Levy arising is spent, without, only 15%. 

Useful links:

Locality - Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme:
•    Builds on the 2015-18 programme, and pays for expert advice:
–    a basic grant of up to £9,000
–    with an extra £8,000 (find out more about additional grant criteria)
–    opens for applications on 3 April 2018, must have completed an end of grant reporting to be eligible to apply.

CPRE Lancashire:

•    We see neighbourhood forums & parish councils as key partners to saving our countryside in the future – join us.
•    We have resources and information on our website
•    We have considerable expertise.  Currently, drafting Rufford Parish Council’s Landscape Character Assessment to help planning in the future.
•    Cost effective planning expertise to rural communities (very reasonable day rate). Jackie Copley is a chartered town and country planner with over 25 years’ experience.  

Come and join us for some insights and training:

7-9pm on the 29th January 2019 at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane, Samlesbury PR5 0UY



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