The Neighbourhood Planning process has started in earnest in Darley Dale (Summer 2014) with a steering group of local residents keenly exploring the newly introduced neighbourhood planning process.
Neighbourhood development plans
A neighbourhood development plan establishes general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, like:
- where new homes and offices should be built
- what they should look like
The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want.
Neighbourhood plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community, but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area. In most cases this will mean that neighbourhood plans will have to take into account the local council's assessment of housing and other development needs in the area.
In its September 2016 DCLG document Neighbourhood Planning it is stated that:
- So far more than 1900 communities across England, covering nearly 10 million people, have started the process of neighbourhood planning. Since 2013 all 200 plans that have progressed to the referendum stage have been approved by voters.
In Darley Dale a questionnaire was delivered to all households in February 2015, this has been analysed and an exhibition is displayed in the Foyer (May 2015) at the Whitworth Centre summarising the results so all can read and see what the local views are.
For more details on the consultation process for the Darley Dale Neighbourhood Plan click here.
This is one of the early stages of gathering information from the local community which will feed into the plan. Illustrated below is the process that will be followed.
The Steps In The Process
Neighbourhood Planning process
A previous consultation process carried out in 2008/09 resulted in the production of the Darley Dale Town Plan 2009.
This helped to inform Council matters at the time and sets the scene for the current Neighbourhood Plan which is in the process of being produced.