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THE PROCESS

How do you produce a Neighbourhood Plan?

Five broad stages and a list of steps in the process is set out below.  The steps may not necessarily need to be undertaken in this order and some may be undertaken concurrently.  These are suggestions and may be amended in the light of practical experience as Neighbourhood Plans are progressed. 

From past experience a community led plan takes a minimum of 18 months to complete.  A neighbourhood plan has additional steps, particularly at the end of the process, which will be beyond the control of the community.

Because a Neighbourhood Plan will become a statutory document, some of the steps are obligatory.  These are shown in bold type in the right hand column.  Click on the stages in the left hand column to find out more about each of the stages.

 




Getting Started

1.1

Prepare a list of local contacts

1.2

Get the community on board

1.3

Establish a steering group

1.4

Define the ‘neighbourhood area’ and seek approval







Getting Organised

2.1

Develop a communication strategy

2.2

Create a time plan for the process

2.3

Determine local skills, expertise and training needs

2.4

Prepare a budget

2.5

Secure funding

2.6

Keep a record of community involvement and consultation

2.7

Review existing plans and strategies for the area

2.8

Establish the focus of attention for evidence gathering






Preparing an Evidence Base

3.1

Familiarise yourselves with Sustainability Appraisal (SA)

3.2

Familiarise yourselves with Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)

3.3

Create a profile of your community

3.4

Audit existing infrastructure and designations

3.5

Carry out surveys and needs assessments

3.6

Summarise findings and consider how to tackle the issues







Drafting Proposals

4.1

Draft a vision and objectives for the area

4.2

Feedback and further community involvement

4.3

Prepare an SA Scoping Report

4.4

Assess impact of options

4.5

Choose preferred options and draw up proposals

4.6

Check for conformity with strategic policies in the development plan

4.7

Consult on proposals









Finalising your Plan

5.1

Fine tune your plan to minimise overall impacts

5.2

Agree monitoring, evaluation and review

5.3

Prepare final Neighbourhood Plan document

5.4

Prepare final SA Report

5.5

Prepare EIA Report

5.6

Consult on Proposals

5.7

Submit Proposals for Validation

5.8

Independent Examination

5.9

Referendum

5.10

The plan is made