What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
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The introduction of neighbourhood planning is part of wider challenges to the planning system in the Localism Act 2011. The Act claims to shift decision making from central government to communities and councils. Neighbourhood planning helps town and parish councils to prepare a plan for their area, in close consultation with residents, businesses and other local organisations. Neighbourhood Plans are for the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of everyone in the community.
The West Dean and West Tytherley Parish councils have decided to co-operate to produce a joint Neighbourhood Plan for both parishes to ensure the parishes' heritage interests and local environment settings are protected, and local residents are proud and protective of those features that give the area its sense of place and sense of identity. The plan will hopefully go to referendum in Spring 2019. It will be reviewed every five years.