Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to shape a shared positive vision for their future.
They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, influence what those new buildings should look like, and what infrastructure should be provided.
Neighbourhood plans must be aligned with the strategic policies of the Local Planning Authority and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development. They provide a great opportunity for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community.
Neighbourhood plans provide for the use and development of land over a number of year and their policies can cover a number of different environmental, social and economic themes. In light of the increasing impacts of climate change we consider that it is important that all neighbourhood planning policies should take account of this to provide for the development of resilient sustainable settlements.
Guidance and support for communities wishing to develop neighbourhood plans is available from a variety of sources. WinACC is currently developing a project to provide advice on achieving low carbon sustainable development to such communities in the Winchester District.