The Stanton St Quintin community wishes to develop a forward-looking approach to development which preserves the rural attractiveness of the village and sensitively crafts and shapes the community over time for the benefit of its inhabitants.
What is Neighbourhood Planning?
Neighbourhood planning gives communities, like Stanton St Quintin, direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.
The government has brought about significant changes to the planning system through the Localism Act 2011. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the government's priorities for planning in England. It is a single, comprehensive planning document that includes a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Neighbourhood Planning is a tier of the planning system which seeks to give communities more control over the future of their area.
Neighbourhood Planning is intended to provide an opportunity to help change attitudes towards development through positive engagement by local communities. The government envisages that through Neighbourhood Planning, communities can bring positive benefits from new development.
What will a Neighbourhood Plan do for Stanton St Quintin?
A Neighbourhood Plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a denied neighbourhood area. The plan might specify, for example, where new homes and offices should be built, and what they should look like. The plan could also set a vision for the future, and can be detailed or general depending on what local people want.
Our neighbourhood plan aims to:
Create a shared vision for the community;
Clearly indicate where new homes and businesses should be built;
Influence the design of new buildings and the spaces in between;
Express our views on our community's expansion, our infrastructure, and community facilities.
Why does it Matter, Why Bother?
While there is apparently no current requirement for residential development in the small village of Stanton St Quintin, this has yet to be fully explored. The community recognise that following recent major development announcements, it needs to respond to the inevitable residential development pressures. To do so, the community wants to develop a forward-looking Neighbourhood Plan, owned by the community, not only to address those anticipated development pressures, but also to craft and shape our community over time.
In theory, local communities always had a say in decisions that affected them. The reality was that communities' voices were not being listened to. With Neighbourhood Planning, local residents, parish councils, local business leaders - those who know best the needs of their local areas - are having power handed back, are again being given a voice; a voice that must be listened to.
This is our opportunity to secure, through law, a say in how we retain a community people want to buy into. If we don't bother we may end up with something none of us likes very much. A Neighbourhood Plan carries real legal weight, following independent scrutiny by Inspectors.
The Neighbourhood Plan envisaged for this village, with its inherent process rigour and legality, will ensure the community's views are known and provide potential developers with a clear and unified local community position which should assist in meeting the needs of all stakeholders.
The Neighbourhood Plan will support what we have, what brought people to the village in the first place, retain what is good about the village.
How do we achieve this? With your help Stanton St Quintin! Get in touch, give us your views on what could or should be part of the plan, come along to meetings and join in - make a difference!