What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Purpose of the Neighbourhood Plan

In April 2012, the Localism Act 2011 amended the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 introducing new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development in their community by preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. Ravenstone Parish Council (RPC) decided to produce a Neighbourhood Plan at its regular monthly meeting on the 9th March 2017 following a presentation from Milton Keynes Council.

The Neighbourhood Plan will shape the future growth of the village setting out design criteria for new development, necessary to protect the distinctive character of Ravenstone. It will also protect important spaces from development and will ensure that the necessary infrastructure can be delivered to support the future needs of the village.

Very importantly, this is an opportunity for the members of the community to influence the character of the village, identifying areas that should be protected, elements that could be improved and the types of development that they may want to see.

Basic Requirements of the Neighbourhood Plan

Whilst there is considerable scope for the local community to decide the content of the Neighbourhood Plan and the policies therein, the plan must meet basic conditions.

The Basic Requirements include:

  • Have appropriate regard to national planning policy.
  • Promote the principles of sustainable development.
  • Be in general conformity with the Development Plan policies for the local area.
  • Be compatible with EU obligations, for example environmental and human rights legislation.
The Submitting Body

This Neighbourhood Plan is submitted by Ravenstone Parish Council, which is a qualifying body as defined by the Localism Act 2011.