A neighbourhood plan is a community led framework for guiding future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. This step of planning policy was introduced in the Localism Act in 2011.
The neighbourhood plan forms part of the statutory development plan for the area, alongside our own planning policy documents.
A neighbourhood plan:
- can specify policies and guidance on how new developments are designed, orientated and located
- must conform to the local plan
- must comply with European and national legislation
- must have appropriate regard to national policy
- should not promote less development than that identified in the development plan for the local area
- can allow more growth levels and allocate sites
- time frame can be decided by the local community
Neighbourhood plans can be produced by parish councils or, in non-parish areas in neighbourhood forums of at least 21 people. These plans should reflect the diversity of the local area.
We have the responsibility for approving the designation of the neighbourhood forum.
The parish council or neighbourhood forum is responsible for the preparation of the neighbourhood plan, including:
- information collation
- initial consultation
- producing a draft plan
We then need to:
- administer the formal process to consult on the draft plan
- arrange an independent examination,
- hold a referendum in the parish or neighbourhood area to determine if there is support for the adoption of the plan.
Arches (Chatham) Neighbourhood Plan
Arches (Chatham) applied to Medway Council to start preparing a neighbourhood plan by applying for designation of a neighbourhood forum and neighbourhood area.
Following a six week public consultation during July/August 2019, both items were approved at the Cabinet Meeting on 6 August 2019.
Medway Council will continue to support Arches Chatham to progress the plan.
Find out more on the Arches Local website
Hoo St Werburgh Neighbourhood Plan
Hoo St Werburgh Parish Council have proposed a neighbourhood area for its parish, for the purpose of preparing a neighbourhood plan.
We consulted on this proposal and the consultation closed at 5pm on Friday 23 November 2018 and no reasons for objecting to the designation were raised.
We formalised the designation of the neighbourhood area at the December cabinet meeting.
Hoo St Werburgh Parish Council has set up a steering group to consult with local people and businesses and start work on the preparation of a draft neighbourhood plan.
Find out more on the Hoo St Werburgh Parish Council website.
High Halstow Neighbourhood Plan
High Halstow Parish Council applied to start the process of preparing a neighbourhood plan. The
High Halstow Parish Council has set up a steering group to consult with local people and businesses and start work on
Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Neighbourhood Plan
Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council applied to Medway Council to start the process of preparing a neighbourhood plan. The first stage was to formally approve the designation of the parish as a neighbourhood area which was approved at our Cabinet meeting on 16 June 2015. Since the designation of the area Medway Council has been working with the Parish Council to progress the plan.
Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council has set up a steering group to consult with local people and businesses and start work on the preparation of a draft neighbourhood plan. Find out more on the Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish website.