Since April 2012, local communities have been able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their local area, putting in place planning policies for the future development and growth of the neighbourhood; this all part of the government initiative, under the Localism Act 2011, to place greater planning control locally.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan sets out the vision, aims, policies and proposals for the future development of a neighbourhood. If adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development for the area. This means that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) and Planning Inspectors will have to take the plan into account when making planning decisions. So a Neighbourhood Plan will carry more weight than, say, a Parish or Community Plan.
Who produces a Neighbourhood Plan?
The Localism Act 2011 says that where there is a Town or Parish Council, then that Council is the qualifying body for leading a neighbourhood plan. So for Allerthorpe it is the Parish Council.
Why are you telling me?
This is your opportunity to be involved in the development of your community. What would you like Allerthorpe to look like in 20 years’ time? What sort of local community would you like your children to inherit? Do you want Allerthorpe to be bigger? Do you think that Allerthorpe is big enough? Should Allerthorpe keep its essentially rural nature?
Community engagement is necessary and important; partly because it is a statutory requirement (included in the Localism Act), but also because it achieves better informed outcomes – after all you know your own community best. The Parish Council wants you to take part in drawing up the Neighbourhood Plan.
What is the first step in the process?
Allerthorpe Parish Council has decided to produce a Neighbourhood Plan and the first step in the process is for a ‘neighbourhood area’ to be identified. The Parish Council has identified its administrative borders as the appropriate area and has applied to ERYC for approval of the proposed boundary. As part of the approval process ERYC has to carry out a public consultation exercise before putting the request before their Cabinet for a decision. The consultation period is scheduled to run from 2 September 2013 for six weeks.
What do I do?
To take part in the public consultation process for the approval of the boundary for the Allerthorpe Neighbourhood Plan you can visit
If you have any questions please talk to your Parish Councillors (contact details are available on the Parish Council website (www.allerthorpe-pc.org.uk/councillors.aspx ).
29 August 2013