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About the Neighbourhood Plan

The government radically reformed the planning system to empower local communities and decentralise planning policy where possible. The Neighbourhood Plan isn’t just about housing development; it is about vigorously protecting our environment and the benefits we enjoy from it.

What is the Neighbourhood Plan for?

The Localism Act of 2011 introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development by preparing Neighbourhood Plans.

In Braughing we created our own Neighbourhood Plan which contains the vision, aims and planning policies, as well as proposals for improving the parish, providing new facilities and allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It relates to the use and development of land and associated environmental, economic and social issues. It was formally adopted in September 2018 following a referendum and covers the 16 year period from 2018 to 2033.

What is the Neighbourhood plan about ?

BPNP is all about the parish: 

  • what's good and needs conserving and protecting,
  • what needs fixing and needs improving,
  • what’s missing,
  • what needs adding to make Braughing parish a better place to live.

It describes our shared vision of what is important to us and how we want the parish to develop. It draws upon important elements and themes laid out in the Braughing Parish Design Statement 2004 which can be viewed here >>>.

Why does it matter ?

The Braughing Neighbourhood Plan is an important community document. It builds on the East Herts District Plan by adding finer local detail. It has statutory authority and therefore should protect the parish from unwanted types of development.

It records the views and aspirations of residents about the values we want for our environment. Our new homes target is taken from the East Herts District Plan.

East Herts District Council formally adopted our Neighbourhood Plan in 2018.

Braughing Neighbourhood Plan documents.

  • The adopted Braughing Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed here >>>
  • Several other supporting documents were produced as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process:

Can the Neighbourhood Plan be changed?

It is recommended that Neighbourhood Plans are reviewed every 5 years to they take into account any central government legislation changes and/or changes to the local District Plan.

This review process, for Braughing, is due to start in September 2023.

Liaison will be required with EHDC to ensure that we are aligned with any changes to the District Plan. The review process for the District Plan is due to start in 2023.

Consultation with residents will be organised for any proposed changes to the Braughing Neighbourhood Plan.