East Woodhay Neighbourhood Plan

    East Woodhay Neighbourhood Plan     

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Unlike the Village Design Statement or the Village Plan the The East Woodhay Neighbourhood Plan will, when approved, become a legally binding document to be taken into account when a planning issue arises.

For too long communities have not had a big enough say in what happens in their local area  whether it be about what happens to local amenities, how local services are delivered, or how new development is planned.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is taking action to give local communities new rights. These rights will give community, voluntary and charity groups the opportunity to take the initiative when it comes to how local public services are run and planning decisions are made.

We are offering support to groups who want to use these new rights providing information, funding and simple guidance called You Got the Power(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/youve-got-the-power-a-quick-and-simple-guide-to-community-rights) to help them navigate and exercise the rights.

The Community Right to Bid will give community groups the right to prepare and bid to buy community buildings and facilities that are important to them. It came into effect on 21 September 2012.

The Community Right to Challenge allows voluntary and community groups, charities, parish councils and local authority staff to bid to run a local authority service where they believe they can do so differently and better. This may be the whole service or part of a service. It came into force on 27 June 2012.

New neighbourhood planning measures allow communities to shape new development by coming together to prepare neighbourhood plans. They came into force on 6 April 2012.

The Community Right to Build allows local communities to propose small-scale, site-specific, community-led developments. It came into force on 6 April 2012.

The  Community Right to Reclaim Land helps communities to improve their local area by giving them the right to ask that under-used or unused land owned by public bodies is brought back into beneficial use.

We are supporting an industry-led review to help in putting together a cross-sector package of design support for communities.

The Our Place programme (formerly 'neighbourhood community budgets') gives communities the opportunity to take control of dealing with local issues in their area.

In the coalition agreement the government outlined its plans to:

         promote the radical devolution of power and greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups

         radically reform the planning system to give neighbourhoods far more ability to determine the shape of the places in which their inhabitants live

The Localism Bill was introduced to Parliament on 13 December 2010, and was given Royal Assent on 15 November 2011, becoming an Act.

Community Rights will benefit communities across the country, giving them more power to shape local development and services.


Community Rights are enshrined in law by the Localism Act 2011 and if you have any doubts please see the following, which was extracted from the Oxforshire Rural Community Council Website.

Neighbourhood Plans pull their weight

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has overruled a planning inspector and blocked plans for 111 homes on a green field site in Leicestershire after concluding that the application's conflict with a neighbourhood plan carried 'substantial negative weight'.

Harborough Council initially refused permission for the development in Broughton Astley in August 2012.

The planning inspector overruled the council's decision in November and recommended it should be granted, as the council did not have a five-year land supply and the benefit of new housing 'substantially' outweighed concerns.

But Eric Pickles blocked the appeal last month, after finding that the conflicts with the Broughton Astley neighbourhood plan 'significantly and demonstrably' outweigh the benefits of the development.

He noted a policy under the national planning policy framework which states that where a planning application conflicts with a neighbourhood plan that has been brought into force, planning permission should not normally be granted.


 If you would like to be involved or make some comments please send an email to NeighbourhoodPlan@WooltonHill.com .