A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport).
A Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.
Future of our Area
Having a Neighbourhood Plan helps to ensure our parish will remain a lively, diverse and vibrant area into the future. The policies in the Plan will be devised to protect the things we as a parish value. Without a Plan the future of our area would be determined by Durham County Council and every planning application in our area would only be assessed against the national and district policies, taking no account of our local housing needs, parking and traffic issues, and all the other policies likely to be included in the Plan.
In the Hands of our Community
It is vital that we ensure the future of our parish is in the hands of our community and that our voice is heard so we that can protect the quality of life we currently enjoy and ensure the parish remains a vibrant, beautiful place to live for the next generation.