Community Led and Neighbourhood Planning

Have you heard about Community Led (Parish) Plans and Neighbourhood Plans? These are two different ways for communities to have a greater say over their future – for example in terms of where housing development might go or to develop a community action plan e.g. for a monthly farmers market or a local litter pick.

Community Led Plans provide an opportunity for everyone in your community to participate. It’s a way for you to say if you want more open spaces, better access to public transport and healthcare, opportunity to buy local produce at local shops and to choose how your community makes the most of their social and leisure time.

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

These plans create a strategic action plan for a town, village or parish, created by a team of volunteers. They help local communities to identify and evidence their needs and aspirations, giving local people a voice and an active role in planning for their future. With lots of housing, road and rail developments likely to happen in Buckinghamshire over the coming years, these plans are a positive way for communities to express their needs.

CIB offer help and advice as consultants on planning projects e.g. which type of plan would be most suitable for your parish, signpost useful resources, give talks to interested groups, facilitate community engagement sessions and help write questionnaires and project plans.

Contact us to discuss what type of support you are interested in and we will provide a consultancy fee quote for your project.

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