What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Localism Act 2011 gave communities a greater say in the development of their area, including the right for communities to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

An NDP 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. Neighbourhood plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.

All NDPs must meet Basic Conditions [see below] – most importantly it cannot conflict with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s  (WHBC) Local Development Plan, and any NDP must encourage sustainable development and is subject to examination and referendum. If passed by a majority  it forms part of WHBCs Local Development Plan, giving it statutory status.

The Basic Conditions for Neighbourhood Plans are specified by law:
• must be appropriate having regard to national policy
• must contribute to the achievement of sustainable development
• must be in general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan for the local area
• must be compatible with human rights requirements
• must be compatible with EU obligations.

Welwyn Parish Council are seeking the views of residents and businesses within the Parish as to whether our community should establish a Neighbourhood Plan. We will be consulting with every household and businesses in September 2019 in the form of a leaflet with response section. More information on this will follow nearer the time.

Meanwhile if you are interested in getting involved in this exciting project or need frurther information please contact Louise or ~Caroline on 01438 716667 or email office@welwynpc.org.uk.