Community Led Plan
In December 2014, Tetsworth published its Community-Led Plan, ‘A Vision for the Next Decade’. It reflects residents’ views on all aspects of village life and documents actions which could make Tetsworth an even more attractive and vibrant community in the future.
The Plan, analysis of responses to the village questionnaire and an annual review of progress on the actions can be found on this page
Neighbourhood Plans have now become established as a formal tier of Planning Policy for local communities. They address future land use, whether for housing, business or preservation as green space, and give statutory backing to communities such as Tetsworth to shape the nature and extent of future growth within their areas.
Tetsworth launched its own Neighbourhood Plan project on 23 May 2016 and expects to be able to publish a final document within the next year. All residents will be consulted on their views and approval of the draft Plan will be subject to external examination and a local referendum. If you are willing to join the project team, please get in touch through email@example.com.
Neighbourhood Planning - HOW COMMUNITY-LED AND NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANS DIFFER
It seems that a number of local residents are still unclear over the difference between Community-Led Plans (CLP) and Neighbourhood Plans (NP), and have questioned the need for us to produce a NP for Tetsworth when we already have a CLP which was published as recently as the end of 2014.
CLP reflect local opinion on all aspects of community life, generally gathered by means of a village questionnaire on a range of themes such as housing, services, infrastructure, transport, communication and the environment. From this evidence, CLP provide a realistic focus on those issues that matter to a community and document how they might be addressed through local collective action over a period of years. Importantly, CLP have no statutory standing, but act as a blueprint of how communities can help themselves implement their own wish-lists for improvement.
On the other hand, NP form the third formal tier of local planning policy below the National Planning Policy Framework and District Council Local Plans. As such, they focus exclusively on future land use. Provided that they conform to higher level planning policies and are expressed in positive terms, NP are the means through which local communities can shape the nature, location and extent of future housing and commercial development in their areas, and set out policies for the preservation of valued assets and environments. While much of the evidence base for local NP policies will be the same as that collected for CLP, NP development is subject to far more rigorous examination and scrutiny. In particular, NP must satisfy examination by an independent inspector and be approved through a local referendum. Crucially, NP do have statutory backing and planning authorities are obliged to give due consideration to NP policies in reaching their decisions on planning applications.