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Botley Neighbourhood Plan
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development.
All Neighbourhood Plans must meet Basic Conditions, some of which are described below.
Neighbourhood Plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues.
The Neighbourhood Plan should be inclusive and open and must ensure that the wider community is:
Kept fully informed of what is being proposed
Able to make their views known throughout the process
Has the opportunity to be actively involved in shaping the emerging Neighbourhood Plan
Made aware of how their views have informed the draft Neighbourhood Plan
Once completed, the ‘BOTLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN’ will be subject to examination and a formal referendum and will then form part of the Local Development Plan.
This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.
Community engagement is necessary and important for several reasons. It is a requirement of planning legislation including for Neighbourhood Plans. It is essential in developing consensus and creating community support. Finding out what people think and drawing on their skills and knowledge is an important part of developing the evidence base for an area and developing the Neighbourhood Plan, leading to more realistic and deliverable plans and policies.
Properly engaging people from the beginning of the process ensures that there is an opportunity to influence the detail of the Neighbourhood Plan, rather than just having the option to accept or reject the whole plan.
Where intensive community engagement has recently been undertaken, such as in respect of the community plan, the material obtained will be useful in informing the Neighbourhood Plan.
There are a number of critical issues which are considered to be of paramount importance and these are listed below:-
Traffic and Transport
Community Well Being