Other planning documents

Neighbourhood plans, Supplementary Planning Documents,development briefs, development principles and design guides

Neighbourhood planning

The government has introduced a new type of community-led plan. Communities now have the right to produce a neighbourhood plan, setting out policies on the development and use of land in a parish or neighbourhood area.   These plans are to be led by parish or town councils or neighbourhood forums, with the involvement of local stakeholder groups.

Neighbourhood plans can be used to promote more housing and infrastructure development in an area than is proposed in the city council’s Local Plan. It cannot be used as a tool to stop development taking place.

Further information and advice about neighbourhood plans can be found on the government’s Planning Portal.

Bridge Parish Council – neighbourhood plan area

Bridge Parish Council has submitted an application to prepare a neighbourhood plan for the Parish of Bridge. The parish council considers that the area to which the application relates is appropriate to be designated as the plan area because it encompasses the parish of Bridge.

We are required to publicise this area application for a period of six weeks.

Representations regarding the area to be covered by the proposed neighbourhood plan can be submitted by e-mail to the Planning Policy Team at planning.policy@canterbury.gov.uk

Comments should be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 4 December.

The following development briefs, development principles and design guidance have been produced and adopted by the Development Management Committee.

Supplementary planning documents

Other supplementary planning guidance

We have produced supplementary planning guidance (SPGs) on a number of other topics as part of the local plan review process. The following SPGs have been agreed and adopted for development control purposes by the meeting of the Executive 4 September 2003 and the meeting of Full Council on 11 September 2003.

It is recognised that the supplementary planning guidance may need further amendments to text and policy wording following receipt of the Local Plan Inquiry Inspector's Report which was received June 2005.


Development briefs

Development principles

Draft documents

We also produce more detailed guidance for specific sites. Draft development principles have been prepared for the Sea Cadet Centre site on Puckle Lane, Canterbury. The formal public consultation period to comment on the principles is from 10 April to 25 May 2012. If you wish to comment please email conservation@canterbury.gov.uk.

Puckle Lane Draft Development Brief 

Design guidance

Village design statements

Village Design Statements (VDSs) are part of a long tradition of initiatives that aim to strengthen local character and reinforce a 'sense of place'. The concept of a VDS was developed by the Countryside Commission in the 1990's in response to 'bland', 'anywhere' developments that were eroding the local distinctiveness of the English countryside. Village Design Statements are advisory documents produced by the community itself, not by the local planning authority. The aim of the VDS is to influence the planning system so that new development in a village, or parish, makes a positive contribution to the local environment and reflects community derived values. The process of preparing a VDS is also considered to be important as it helps engender community cohesion and community understanding of the planning system. In the Canterbury District three Village Design Statements have been formally adopted as supplementary planning guidance. They are: the Chartham Parish Design Statement (adopted on 10 March 2005), Littlebourne Village Design Statement (adopted on 19 January 2006) and the Hilltop Community Association Community design Statement (adopted on 16 February 2006) 

Several parish councils have produced parish plans for their areas. Parish Plans are more “holistic” or comprehensive in scope than a VDS. They set out a vision for how a community wants to develop, and identifies the actions needed. They can include everything that is relevant to the people who live and work in the community, from employment and playgrounds to the design of new buildings and protection of hedges and ponds. They can include any social, environmental oreconomic issues. Parish Plans have the potential to influence a wide range of organisations and processes which affect the lives of rural communities. They should complement and help deliver local planning policies and frameworks but they cannot override adopted planning policy. They should influence local housing and land management strategies. They should also contribute to the way local services are managed and delivered. A list of parish plans in the Canterbury can be found at the above web link. 

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