What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

  • A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future of development in an area
  • Neighbourhood Plans were introduced as part of a governmental drive toward ‘Localism’, handing powers over from government to local areas
  • A Neighbourhood Plan is developed by the community. The Parish Council is the owning body, but it’s the community views that count!
  • Planning applications in Bentley will be judged against the policies contained in the Plan for 20 years after it has become law
  • Once we have a Neighbourhood Plan, Bentley Parish Council will receive a larger cut of funds raised by any new builds in the village – 25% of the ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ rather than 15%. This money can be spent on infrastructure improvements or community amenities.

Examples of Neighbourhood Plans in Babergh can be found here:

And general advice here:

Plan slide Sept 2018