Neighbourhood (Village) Plan
Winteringham has been given the go ahead to progress with its Neighbourhood Plan for the next 10 to 15 years after being designated as a ‘Neighbourhood Area’.
Winteringham Parish Council submitted an application to the council to have their area officially designated as a ‘Neighbourhood Area’. After a six week consultation in which local residents had their say on the application, the council has formally approved it. (2019) The steering group can now progress with the Neighbourhood Plan that could include setting out where new homes are built or which areas of open space are protected or enhanced, or what local facilities are needed in the future
Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act in 2011. The idea behind localism is that decision-making is passed to a more local level, from national or local government to local communities. Parish and town councils can produce neighbourhood plans for their local areas, putting in place a strategy and policies for the future development of the area. Neighbourhood planning is a key feature in the Government proposals for future changes to the planning process.