East Riding of Yorkshire Council is pleased that a number of approaches have been made from communities across the area in developing neighbourhood plans.
To date, Allerthorpe, Cottingham, Woodmansey, Sutton-Upon-Derwent, Market Weighton, Wawne, North Cave and Pocklington have been granted as neighbourhood areas and, with support from the council’s forward planning service, their town and parish councils are progressing their own neighbourhood plans.
Neighbourhood planning can be used for a variety of purposes, such as identifying where new homes, shops and industrial uses should be built. Plans also allow communities to have a say on what new buildings look like or what existing features in the community should be protected.
Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning said: “The council welcomes the involvement of local communities in determining future planning needs and it is really excellent to see so many town and parish councils taking a pro-active approach and creating their own neighbourhood plans.
“The council, as the local planning authority, has a number of roles to play in supporting town and parish council’s in preparing a neighbourhood plan, including designating neighbourhood areas, technical and professional assistance, such as advice on national and local planning policy, and taking plans through independent examinations and community referendums, where needed.”
Neighbourhood plans should complement and add local distinctiveness to the emerging East Riding Local Plan. Such plans must be in general conformity with the Local Plan and with national planning policy.
For further information about neighbourhood plans and support offered by the council, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/environment/planning-and-building-control/east-riding-local-plan/neighbourhood-planning/