Neighbourhood Planning – We Can Help

30th August 2017

Empowerment to the people

We can sometimes feel powerless in the face of the changes happening to our neighbourhood, and the impact those changes have on our community.

However, since the Localism Act of 2011 local communities can actively shape the future of  your neighbourhood.

Essentially the act empowers local people. It enables you and your neighbours to take more control over the growth and development of your community through preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Help and advice is at hand

We have provided advice and guidance to a number of different Neighbourhood Planning Groups and can tailor our service to meet your needs,

Helping you cut through the complexities

We understand that taking on the preparation of  a Neighbourhood Plan may seem a daunting and challenging process which can  leave you feeling out of your depth because of the different planning laws and regulations.

Here at Bell Cornwell we have an expert, experienced and hands-on team that can help you at every step of the way with your Neighbourhood Plan. That’s right from advice on the designation of the neighbourhood area through to advising on site allocations and policy preparation and concluding with the successful making of the Plan.

There’s a range of important elements of the act that we can help you with, including:

  • Helping with sources of grant funding which can be used to employ consultants,
  • Legal Processes and ensuring that the Plan meets all of the regulations,
  • Preparation of the application for the neighbourhood area,
  • Community Engagement and consultation,
  • Identifying issues to be addressed,
  • Scoping the technical evidence base,
  • Drafting policies,
  • Advising on site allocations,
  • Representing the group at the Examination,
  • Providing relevant contacts should you need further advice,

If you and your local community want to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan and you need help or advice with any aspect of this work,  please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our specialists.

Alternatively, if you’d like one of our brochures on the Neighbourhood Planning Act please contact: – 01256 766673

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