SSDC and Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans are locally prepared documents which set out what type and scale of development is needed to help a community achieve the right mix of affordable housing, employment opportunities and services.

The Localism Act has introduced 'Neighbourhood Plans' as part of the National Planning Policy Framework. These are locally prepared documents which set out what type and scale of development is needed to help a community achieve the right mix of affordable housing, employment opportunities and services.

Many communities in South Somerset have already produced local community plans (or town or parish plans), and while these plans can act as a foundation for future development ideas, a Neighbourhood Plan is a separate document.

Neighbourhood Plans are informed by local consultation and the South Somerset Local Plan - the overarching development plan for South Somerset.

The Planning Advisory Service has provided some 'frequently asked questions' about Neighbourhood Planning and useful links to four organisations who have received funding from the government to provide advice to those preparing neighbourhood plans http://www.pas.gov.uk/pas/core/page.do?pageId=1802659 

SSDC is currently supporting the parish of Queen Camel to produce one of the country's first Neighbourhood Plans and the results will help inform others.

There are other ways, including the use of the existing Development Management system in South Somerset, and by using techniques such as 'master planning' to get the development you wish to see in your community.

Follow this link for further details on how SSDC works to integrate community-led plans with the spatial planning system.

If you have an enquiry about Neighbourhood Plans please email communities@southsomerset.gov.uk  or contact your local Area Development team.