WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: A neighbourhood plan (NP) is a framework drawn up by a local community for how its area can develop and grow. NPs can vary widely in what they cover, but essentially they are about how land is used and related economic, social and environmental matters. These can include issues such as housing, employment, heritage including open spaces, and transport. The local plan has to go through several stages of discussion and consultation with those who will be affected by it, not only residents but also businesses, workers, students and those who just visit the area. It then has to be subject to independent examination and a local referendum. If supported by a majority of voters, it becomes part of the Council’s Local Development Plan. This legal basis gives a Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, and it forms part of the rules which guide the local authority when it has to decide on planning applications.
A Neighbourhood Plan can only be produced by a Parish Council or Neighbourhood Forum (NF). Before a Neighbourhood Forum is formed, a ‘designated area’ must be approved.
WERRINGTON’S NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Werrington’s ‘designated area’ was form in November 2018 and Werrington Area Forum (Neighbourhoood Forum) was formed in January 2019. Details and membership of the Forum and Steering Group can be found here. Membership is open to anyone living or working in Werrington.
VISION AND OBJECTS: The people of Werrington wish to see a thriving, vibrant, caring and safe community where everyone of all ages feel comfortable and valued. We want to preserve the best of what we already have in Werrington – its distinctive character, heritage and natural assets, and bring about improvements with appropriate development and renewal. We want Werrington to become an even better place in which to live and to visit.
The objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan will be as follows:
– The protection of the architectural heritage and distinctive characteristics of the area ensuring that new development contributes positively to Werrington’s character in terms of the existing scale, density, location, design and layout.
– The maintenance and enhancement of the open spaces, natural habitats and green character of the area for the benefit of people, flora and wildlife including the preservation and improvement of access to the countryside.
– The continued development and improvement of Werrington embracing opportunities to support and improve services, facilities
MEETINGS: Meetings are now held regularly and are open to all. The next meetings are:
AGM: TUESDAY 4th June at The Village Centre at 7.30pm
FORUM MEETING including launch of Character Assessment Survey 29th July 2019 7pm The Barn
FOR ANY INFORMATION: about the Forum, its meetings, its role or becoming a member then please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary Sally Weald on firstname.lastname@example.org
Minutes of previous meetings
The formation of the Area Forum prior to November 2018 is covered by the minutes of the Neighbourhood Council
Evidence Base and other documents: This section lists documents that form part of the evidence base and lists other documents prepared by the Steering Group that are relevant to the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan.
The designated area of Werrington was approved in October 2018 by Peterborough City Council. See the decision here
An application to form a Neighbourhood Forum was made to Peterborough City in October 2018. Application for Neighbourhood Forum
General Guidance on the neighbourhood planning process
How to shape where you live: a guide to neighbourhood planning (CPRE/NALC);
Your place, your plan (TCPA);
Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide and Worksheets (Locality)