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What is the neighbourhood plan?

Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide for themselves the future of the places where they live and work. A Neighbourhood Plan has to be driven by residents.  You may wish to get involved by coming along to one or more of our public meetings, by responding to consultations (when they are published), or by submitting your thoughts on particular issues via the relevant comments sections on this website.

Stapleford and Great Shelford parishes secured designation as a neighbourhood plan area in November 2016.

Now we have to complete the plan if we’re to put it forward with community support, and  secure the improvements people want and access to additional funds to pay for them.

Why is it important?

A neighbourhood plan will enable us to:

  • Choose where we want new homes, shops and offices to be built.
  • To have our say on what those new buildings should look like and which amenities and community benefits should be provided.
  • Even grant planning permission for any new buildings we may want to see go ahead

(Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/229749/Neighbourhood_planning.pdf)

If our neighbourhood plan is successful, the two villages will get a greater share of the “community infrastructure” levy (CIL) which developers will have to pay on new buildings. These funds can be used on projects identified in the plan.

How can you help?

We need volunteers in the two parishes to help us put together the plan, taking account of all the many suggestions we have received from members of the community.

You could become a member of the steering group, or just help the “spotlight groups” to develop proposals in areas such as:

  • Green spaces and access to the countryside (link to spotlight group page)
  • Housing (particularly meeting the need for affordable housing, helping to update the village design statement for new housing)
  • Sustainable travel and transport
  • Amenities, recreation provision and community benefit, including from any new housing.

What to do next?

Come along to our next meeting on 28th March 2018 at Cox’s Close, Stapleford for 7.30pm or Contact us via the contact page and let’s get the ball rolling!

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