To date, four Neighbourhood Plans have been ‘made’ (adopted) across Babergh and Mid Suffolk - in East Bergholt, Lavenham, Lawshall and Mendlesham. Some thirty other parishes are currently preparing their plan. To find out more, use the relevant green tiles further down the page.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced a range of new rights and powers to allow communities to improve the places where they live and work. One of these rights was Neighbourhood Planning.
Neighbourhood Plans should set out a positive vision for how the plan area can develop in ways that meet identified local need. This could include allocating new sites for development. Unlike the more traditional type of plan or statement produced by town or parish councils a successful Neighbourhood Plan has statutory weight and status, it will become part of the districts ‘development plan’ and it will be used when deciding planning applications within the designated area.,
To help decide if this type of plan is right for your community we have published a Guide to Community-led Planning Tools (July 2016)
There is a also a wealth of information available online. We recommend that you bookmark the new Neighbourhood Planning website. Launched in March 2018, this is Locality's new home for advice, including: