Neighbourhood planning is a new initiative that provides every community in England with the opportunity to shape the way its area could be developed in the future. The legislation that guides the process can be found in the Localism Act 2011 Part 6 Chapter 3.
In 2011, Stony Stratford Town Council made a successful bid via MKC for funding towards the cost of a neighbourhood plan for the parish as one of 200 Front runner schemes throughout the country.
The Town Council established a working group within the community to oversee the preparation of the plan. This working group was made up of representatives of local organisations and interested residents who met to guide the process. The community was encouraged to contribute its ideas through consultation events and ultimately had the final say, via a referendum, as to whether the plan should be adopted as the plan for the parish.
This is an opportunity for the first time for communities such as ours to prepare a plan, that having passed a series of tests during the process, must be adopted as planning policy for their area by the local planning authority.
For more about neighbourhood planning, you may wish to visit: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/inyourarea/neighbourhood.
Latest Update on the Stony Stratford Neighbourhood Plan
Click here to see a copy of the Stony Stratford Neighbourhood Plan V20 - Clerk report
Click here to see a copy of the Neighbourhood Plan Report 2017
Click here to see a copy of the Final Version of the Stony Stratford Examination Report