What is a Neighbourhood Plan


The Finger Post by the Stone Circle

The Localism Act gave communities a right to have more input into their local community and how it evolves, specifically covering aspects such as planning and development.  This has led to communities all over the country working within their communities to put together their Neighbourhood Plans.

These Neighbourhood Plans are governed by law and once adopted they have a legal status, which means that any development or policies that are not in the plan or are contrary to the plan cannot take place.  The Plan is led by the community, not by the Local Authority and enables the local community to shape their futures and promote growth-even if it a small amount of growth.

The Stanton Drew Parish Neighbourhood Plan, when adopted will become part of the plan making framework for the Parish.  It will mean that any development will need to be in keeping with the Plan and as an example will make it easier to decide on whether or not planning permission should be granted.  The Local Authority will not be able to control where we can and cannot have any development.

There are 5 steps to the adoption of a Neighbourhood Plan, the first two steps are actions for the local community and the last three steps are the Local Authority’s responsibility:

  1. Designate an area to which the Plan will relate
  2. Design a Plan that will be presented to Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES)
  3. Independent check on the Plan to ensure that it does not contradict the National Planning Policy Framework or the BaNES Core Strategy
  4. Referendum for the local community
  5. Adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan

The first step is complete – the designated area is Stanton Drew Parish.

The Team have started the process of evidence gathering before proceeding to the second step. We will consult every step of the way on the evolving plan.  There will be lots of opportunities for residents and business owners to have their say.  The Plan belongs to the community and we do need people who live, work and spend time in the Parish to engage and tell us how they see our neighbourhood evolving over the next 15 years.

The following is a list of Related “Neighbourhood Planning” events that may be of interest:-

  • Listen to “The Planner – Is Neighbourhood Planning working”
  • Interesting Questions and Answers on Neighbourhood Plans from the above Webinar session held by “The Planner” on 24th Nov 2015.
  • A recent Radio program highlighted the views and concerns of Villagers and experts across the country regarding the survival of Villages in the coming years.


  • My Community; Neighbourhood Planning Event – Bath & North East Somerset – 25/01/17

Presentations from the above event:

NP resources list,      Bright Ideas fund,      25.01.17 NP Bath delegate list