Neighbourhood Plan

Latest Meeting Dates:

Steering Group - 7.30pm on 25 September 2017 - The Bell Inn

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth 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. All Neighbourhood Plans must meet Basic Conditions.

Neighbourhood plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Development Plan. The statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements. Locality Neighbourhood Plans Quick Guide

The Botesdale and Rickinghall Neighbourhood Plan started with a small group of residents who felt that the community needed a Neighbourhood Plan to identify the characteristics of future development with the villages. A public meeting was held on 18 January, following distribution of a public notice to every household, and was attended by about 80 residents as well as a representative from Mid Suffolk District Council. A further meeting was held on 30 January, attended by 32 people, to establish a forum to prepare the Neighbourhood Plan. That meeting agreed that the plan should cover the whole area of the three parishes, Botesdale, Rickinghall Inferior and Rickinghall Superior. Seven nominations were made to form a Steering Group, which met on 9 February to establish the details of overseeing the development of the Plan. The Steering Group has representation from both parish councils and will be supported administratively by the Clerk for both councils. It has been agreed that Rickinghall PC will take the position of lead parish council as required by the Town and County Planning Act 1990 when a neighbourhood plan covers more than one administrative area. Botesdale PC has given its formal consent to this and will support Rickinghall PC and the Steering Group. The plan will be produced by the Steering Group under the auspices of the parish councils.