Approved neighbourhood plans sit alongside the Local Plan to help make decisions on planning applications.
They give communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. Plans must be led by parish or town councils or neighbourhood forums, with the involvement of local stakeholder groups.
They can include:
- where new homes should be and what they should look like
- shops and offices that should be built and
- what infrastructure should be provided.
Bridge neighbourhood plan
Bridge Parish Council formally submitted their neighbourhood plan to us earlier this year (2018). It's the first to be produced for the Canterbury district, and includes evidence documents and a map showing the area designated on 25 July 2013 as the neighbourhood plan area.
We carried out consultation with local residents and businesses in Bridge, and other statutory consultees, such as the Environment Agency. It was then submitted to the Inspector for examination, including evidence documents and all the comments received, and is now in the examination stage.
You can view all the neighbourhood plan documents, comments and ongoing correspondence with the Inspector below: