Belmont Rural Parish Council

Neighbourhood Development Plan

Your Parish Council is creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish, shaping the future of our community for the next 20 years.  Here, we will explain the process involved and offer you the opportunity to access resources, keep up to date with meetings and events and share your views and opinions to help forge a successful and resilient plan.

What is a neighbourhood plan?

Neighbourhood plans:

  • were established by the Localism Act 2011
  • gives the community opportunity and responsibility to:
    • shape the places in which they live
    • decide the locations for new homes/businesses
    • get more involved in creating policies
  • form part of the Local Development Plan
  • deal with land use issues
  • cannot be used to stop development
  • must conform in general with strategic policies
  • are not intended to replace Parish Plans
  • are produced by Parish Councils

Neighbourhood plans generally include:

  • settlement boundaries
  • housing sites
  • design policies
  • protection of open space
  • protection of important buildings
  • promotion of renewable energy

A small group of volunteers are currently working with planning consultants Kirkwells to prepare a draft plan for consultation.  Meetings of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are open to the public and will be advertised here and on notice boards throughout the Parish.