What does it include?

A Neighbourhood Plan can:

  • Decide what type of development is allowed and where it can take place
  • Promote more development than is set out in the Local Plan (still in preparation for South Cambs District Council)
  • Include policies such as design standards that take precedence over existing Local Plan policies
  • It cannot conflict with Local Plan policies
  • It is primarily about the use and development of land and buildings

It might include:

  • Development of housing, including affordable housing
  • Provision for businesses to set up or expand their premises
  • Transport and access
  • Development of schools, places of worship, health facilities, leisure and entertainment facilities, community and youth centres and village halls (although this may not apply to every community)
  • Restriction of certain types of development
  • Design of buildings
  • Protection and creation of open space, nature reserves, allotments, sports pitches, play areas, parks and gardens and tree planting
  • Protection of important buildings and historic assets such as archaeological remains
  • Promotion of renewable energy projects such as solar energy and wind turbines

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