Neighbourhood Development Plan
Neighbourhood planning enables communities such as ours to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which we live and work and in supporting new development proposals. This is because unlike the parish plan, a neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the local plan prepared by the local planning authority, in our case this is South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC). Decisions on planning applications will be made by SDDC using both the local plan and the adopted neighbourhood plan and any other material considerations.
Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for our community to set out a positive vision for how we want our community to develop over the next 10, 15, 20 years, to develop in ways that meet identified local need and makes sense for local people. The NDP can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development we want to see. It is a positive, constructive plan, it is not a document to say what is not wanted.
To help deliver this vision, if we secure the consent of local residents in a referendum on the NDP, the parish council will benefit from 25% of the revenues from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) arising from the development that takes place in the parish, however at the present time SDDC does not collect contributions using this method, but should this change, the parish council will be in a position to receive funding from local development.
It is up to local communities to choose to prepare an NDP if they wish, not the District Council. This is optional – communities do not have to prepare a plan, Melbourne Parish Council saw the potential and benefits of such a plan and started the process in 2014, we have had several set backs along the way but currently the process is back on track. SDDC has a duty to support Melbourne parish council in preparing the plan and it will lead on the later stages in terms of arranging the examination and referendum.
The link below explains the processes involved from conception to adoption of a NDP:
How NDP works: