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Feering Parish Council NPSG,



What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

The Localism Act 2011 gave communities the right to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan, setting out policies on the development and use of land in a Parish.  The Neighbourhood Development Plan will show how the level of growth identified in Braintree District’s Local Plan is to be met and managed.

Once the plan is made, it will become part of Braintree District Council’s Development Plan, a statutory plan against which planning applications will be judged.

For our Neighbourhood Development Plan to be ‘made’, it will need to conform to planning policies and guidance at local, national and European level. It will also need to demonstrate support from our community through surveys and a Referendum.

Can it stop development?

No.  It is not a tool to stop development where it is already included in the Core Strategy or Local Plan documents; it gives us the opportunity to shape what that planned growth will look like and where additional housing and community facilities might go.

Who needs to be involved?

Your Parish Council has already initiated the process. It will now need to involve the wider community in the formulation of the plan: residents, businesses, local groups, landowners and developers.

Our Designated Area application can be viewed at


For more information contact: Lee Blackburn

Email: le.blackburn1@hotmail.co.uk