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2 December 2018

Following the outcome of the Parish Plan survey, the Parish Council is currently considering whether to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish. A Neighbourhood Plan is a statutory document which is a way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work. It can be used to:

Develop a shared vision for your neighbourhood.
Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
Identify and protect important local green spaces.
Influence what new buildings should look like.
In areas that are dominated by business interests, so for example a trading estate, a Business Neighbourhood Plan could be developed.

There are two main mechanisms for neighbourhood planning – Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders. Each enables a community, including both local residents and businesses, to achieve different things and so communities should consider what they want to achieve first, and then decide which mechanism will best enable them to do this.

A Neighbourhood Development Order can help to implement a shared vision by granting planning permission to certain types of development in certain locations, without the need to submit a planning application to the local planning authority. A Neighbourhood Development Order can apply to all of the Neighbourhood Plan area, or a particular site within the neighbourhood.

The process for preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and a Neighbourhood Development Order is very similar. So although this guide refers to Neighbourhood Plans, the process can also be used for Neighbourhood Development Orders. Local people can choose to prepare a plan, or an order, or both.

Both Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders offer people a powerful new opportunity to plan the future of their communities.

CLICK HERE for more information. If you have views on whether a Neighbourhood Plan should be considered please submit your views here on our survey

2 October 2018.
A survey of residents in connection with updating the parish plan was conducted during 2018 and the results are now available.

31 March 2015
Here is the 2015 Parish Plan. Over a year in the making, involving a team of 10 authors, many other helpers and many comments and contributions by local residents. The Plan was started by reviewing and researching the way the village works at present and then identifying ways in which it could change and improve in the future. A wide range of views and opinions have been assimilated along the way and it is just the start of the next 10 years development for our village.

The Plan is now published below for you all to download and read. It will be issued to the Parish Council for their consideration as a document reflecting residents' views. It may also be accepted by the South Somerset District Council Planning Department for the same reason.

There are many recommendations for future action and we can all get involved in making it happen. Without voluntary contributions, opportunities will be lost.

David German

31 March 2015

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