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Please be aware that there may be interruptions to our online planning service (Public Access) up until April 2019 due to essential work to prepare for changing to a new West Suffolk Council on 1 April 2019.
A neighbourhood plan is a community led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. Neighbourhood plans have a different status to other community led plans. Subject to a few basic conditions they will become legally binding and will become part of the development plan for the area. These conditions include:
The process of producing a neighbourhood plan will bring together residents, businesses, landowners and local groups. These groups will need to work together to build a consensus and plan the future of their local area.
Once a community has made the decision to progress with a neighbourhood plan, the first step is for the relevant town or parish council to make an application to the district or borough council to designate a neighbourhood area.
Further help and advice is also available at Neighbourhood Planning Support.
We can provide support and assistance to any community that wants to produce a neighbourhood plan, but it will not control the process which has to be a community led. Nevertheless, the regulations require us to undertake statutory tasks at certain points in the process in order to assist and support the community. Proposals for neighbourhood plans which have proven community support, through a local referendum, will need to be brought in to force by the local planning authority.
Once a neighbourhood area is designated, each parish will be allocated a planning officer to provide one to one support and technical advice to parishes throughout the production of the neighbourhood plan.
Neighbourhood plans should be in conformity with strategic policies within the development plans for the council.
We have developed a Service Level Agreement (SLA) for any parish undertaking neighbourhood planning in the area. The purpose of this agreement is to confirm:
Towns and parishes will be offered the opportunity to sign the SLA following the designation of their neighbourhood area. A signed agreement will give certainty and commitment to the neighbourhood plan from both parties but it is not compulsory for parishes to sign up. Download the service level agreement below: