What are Neighbourhood Plans?

Neighbourhood planning is part of a new approach to planning introduced by the Localism Act 2011. The new system is designed to be more collaborative and gives communities more powers to shape the future of the places where they live and work.

Neighbourhood Planning is the government's initiative of trying to empower local communities to help make and take forward planning proposals at a local level.  The idea being that local people will drive, and then help to shape, how their local communities grow and develop over the next coming years.

Neighbourhood plans can only be made by one of two groups, towns/parishes or neighbourhood forums.  As our area has parishes, town and parishes will take the lead in pushing them forward.

Neighbourhood Development Plans set out a vision, aims, policies and proposals for the future development of a neighbourhood. If adopted, the neighbourhood plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area in question.

The local authority and planning inspectors will have to take the plan into account when making planning decisions. This gives the plans more weight than some types of plan, such as parish plans or community plans.

It gives us the opportunity to influence the future of the place where we live or work.

How is development managed if we don’t have a neighbourhood plan?   Planning applications will be determined in accordance with the up to date ‘development plan’ for the area. Adopted neighbourhood plans will form part of the development plan for their area.

At a public meeting on 28th January 2016 it was decided to go ahead with the neighbourhood Development Plan for Beckley and Stowood.

The Steering Committee are - 

  • Ann Henman
  • Caroline Gordon-Duff
  • Geoff Henman
  • Nick Crowley
  • Sian Jeffrey - Secretary
  • Mike Hobbs
  • Ginette Camps-Walsh (Chairman) - camps.walsh@btinternet.com 351762
  • Charlotte Culver - SODC Neighbourhood Plan Officer and Advisor


Please find the documents attached. Updates articles are published in the Beckley and Stowood Newsletter.

Latest News 


The first survey for the Neighbourhood Plan has been developed and distributed.  We urge all residents of Beckley, Stowood and Wick Farm and people with interests in the Parish to complete it preferbaly here on line - Link to survey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Beckley-NP-survey  

Area Designation

The whole parish of Beckley and Stowood has now been designated by SODC 6.6.16 - see letter attached