Parish Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

Design Statement

Purpose

Assess current and future potential issues and set out an action plan   to tackle the issues. Assess physical (spatial) assets and set out what should be protected   and where future development should go. Assess character and set guidelines to influence what future   development should look like.

Status

A business plan for the community, adopted by the parish council to   take forward in partnership with other organisations.Part of the Local Development Framework evidence base (NOTE: Some   local authorities have also approved as a material consideration in the   determination of planning applications) Part of the local authority development plan (subject to an   independent examination and support by local referendum)Might also result in a ‘Neighbourhood Development Order’ which   (subject to an independent examination and support by local referendum) will   set out development proposals without the need to seek planning permission. Sits outside the local authority development plan as ‘a material   consideration in the determination of planning applications’ or ‘planning   guidance’ (subject to local authority approval)Some authorities have adopted VDS as Supplementary Planning Documents   to make them part of the Local Development Plan

Document

Description of the services and facilities and their strengths and   weaknesses.
Views and opinions on all matters affecting quality of life and aspirations   for the future.
Action Plan outlining projects, timescale, costs and organisations   involved.
Expected to include:
Audit of land use and infrastructure.
Views and opinion about local need and aspirations for conservation and   development.
Policies on objectives for the area, infrastructure priorities, and a map   outlining open space of community importance, assets of community value and   locations for development.
Assessment of the character of the built and natural environment.
Views and opinion about various elements of character and aspirations for the   future.
Guidelines about the design of future development (including an   attempt to influence permitted development).

with thanks to Rural Community Council of Essex

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