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 last 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.
The examination has now finished and Bridge Parish Council have made the decision to withdraw the current plan. They have applied to us to designate a new neighbourhood area and so will be preparing a new Neighbourhood Plan.
You can view all the neighbourhood plan documents, comments and correspondence with the Inspector, plus the withdrawal letter, below: