In September 2017 Bromham Parish Council set up a steering group tasked with creating a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish. This website has been created by the steering group and is intended to both to update residents on progress with this and to seek opinions from residents regarding the challenges and opportunities facing Bromham.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans (often referred to simply as Neighbourhood Plans), Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.
Neighbourhood Plans become part of the Local Plan (in our case the Wiltshire Core Strategy) and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders allow communities to grant planning permission either in full or in outline for the types of development they want to see in their areas.
Policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.
For a Neighbourhood Plan to be ‘made’ (come into force) it must be developed in consultation with the community and must pass a referendum of residents within the community.
Why should Bromham have a Neighbourhood Plan?
Without a Neighbourhood Plan large developers can attempt to obtain land and planning permission in the parish, and it is up to the residents to fight each application that is put forwards. With a Neighbourhood Plan in place any such applications must be in line with the policies in the plan. Thus the plan provides a degree of protection against predatory development. Put the other way round – in the future large developers may actively target areas without a Neighbourhood Plan. As this map from Wiltshire Council shows many of the areas around Bromham have made or are making plans.
There is an additional benefit to having a Neighbourhood Plan in that once such a plan is in place the Parish Council will receive a higher proportion on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payable by the developers of any new property. Thus additional funding becomes available for the Parish Council to invest in local amenities.