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What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood Plans allow local people to take control over the future of their area. It will include a vision for the future of our villages, that may be delivered by a number of policies and projects.The Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document that will be used by officers at the Newark & Sherwood District Council when determining planning applications and by developers wishing to build in the area in conjunction with the National Planning Policy Framework and the NSDC adopted Local Plan.
Importantly, the entire content of the Neighbourhood Plan must be based on what local people have said they wish to see happen and change in the area, with these views collected through a comprehensive engagement programme that includes all members of the local community.
What can the Neighbourhood Plan do?
The Neighbourhood Plan will control the use of land within the local area over a long period, for the next 15 years. The Plan could cover where new homes, shops or employment opportunities should go; what they might be or look like; what community facilities should be protected and provided; and which green spaces should be protected and improved.
How can you get involved?
A Steering Group made up of local residents is already established, this will lead on producing the Neighbourhood Plan and is an open group that anyone who lives in the area can join, at anytime.
No previous experience or specific skills are required, just a passion for our area and being comfortable speaking with other local residents to discuss the future of our villages. If this is something you may be interested then please contact the Steering Group using the following contact details:
Hilary Gibbins
Phone: 07486 031131This section provides important information about what a Neighbourhood Plan is, why it Is important and how local residents can get involved.

There is lots of information available to view online:

A number of local communities in Newark and Sherwood have produced Neighbourhood Plans, these can be viewed on the Council’s website: