What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
The Localism Act of 2011 introduced Neighbourhood Plans to enable communities to have a greater say about the use of land and construction of buildings in their area. The impact of a Neighbourhood Plan is that once approved by the local community by referendum it becomes a statutory document. As part of the development plan for an area it acts as a point of reference for Market Overton Parish Council and Rutland County Council when considering planning applications. The local planning authority (RCC) must determine planning applications in accordance with the policies in the development plan unless, in a particular case, there are material considerations which indicate that the development plan should not be followed.
The Parish Council (PC) is preparing the NP. A steering group is acting on their behalf. The NP is a consensus of community opinion identifying broadly what sort of community the village wants. Residents, as well as businesses, have the right to decide/vote on issues. It will help the local authority to implement its county-wide development policy in line with Market Overton’s preferences.
Community members are offered the opportunity to voice their opinions via questionnaires, village meetings, and exercises with community groups and societies.
The process includes:-
- Consideration of the Government’s National Planning Policy and the Local Authority Development Plan;
- Involvement of the community in order to identify local community issues (economic, social and environmental);
- Development of a shared vision (aim) and objectives (broadly how we wish the aims to be obtained), looking forward 15 – 20 years – a broad picture not lots of details;
- Development of policies to support the implementation.
For further details please contact the coordinator of the steering group June Sanderson:- firstname.lastname@example.org
MARKET OVERTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
OUR VILLAGE – OUR CHOICE
The attached document is a summary of the village’s preferences, gathered through the questionnaire survey that we all had an opportunity to complete. The survey has provided a broad overview of the key themes that residents of Market Overton consider important.
This information will be used to draw up the Market Overton Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by government through the Localism Act 2011. The process provides the opportunity for local communities to exercise greater influence through plans and polices that meet the needs of the local community. When adopted by Rutland County Council (RCC), Neighbourhood Plans form part of RCC’s Statutory Development Plan and form the basis for determining planning applications in Market Overton Parish.
The Parish Council will embed the themes and comments from the survey within the Neighbourhood Plan document and will continue to seek the views and opinions of the village as the document evolves.
Market Overton Parish Council