Neighbourhood Plan

What is a "Neighbourhood Plan"?

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Essentially a Neighbourhood Plan is a document produced by a Parish Council that tells its immediate local authority, in our case Horsham District Council, what it sees as its vision for the community over the medium term. It is being introduced by the government as part of the Localism Bill (May 2012). This will inevitably involve some changes to the way Woodmancote and Blackstone look and work as an overall community. Change can take many forms and some will wish to resist change of any kind. This is understandable but the plain facts are that if we as a parish do not put forward a coherent and well thought through plan we will be vulnerable to arbitrary change imposed upon us by our local authority. Their position will be that we didn't speak up at the right time and therefore we must accept their vision for us. This could include significant and unwelcome residential development or commercial activity. Neighbourhood Plans specifically cannot block new development if the local authority consider that it is necessary for economic growth and local need.