At a public meeting in our Village Hall on June 26th a vote was taken on whether a neighbourhood plan was appropriate for Preston. There was overwhelming support for this with one person voting against, no abstentions and everyone else … Continued
The Green Space policy protects the green spaces in the village and ensures that green spaces are included within larger developments. The Character Assessment of the Parish is important to describe the area and its character in order to protect … Continued
The formation of a community based steering group, instigated by the Parish Council. A Designated Area approved by NHDC. A Community Survey A Character Assessment Working parties, organised by the Steering Group Once all the information and evidence has been … Continued
There is a grant of £9000 available until 3 March 2018 and the Parish Council can also be approached to contribute. NHDC has a grant of £20,000 from Central Government to support Neighbourhood Planning.
A percentage of housing development must be affordable, but it must also be realistic. If the development is not viable for developers because the percentage of affordable housing is too high, the developer can pay compensation and provide another benefit … Continued
Once the Neighbourhood Plan is in place, it is the responsibility of the Parish Council to utilise it for planning applications and to ensure that the Local Authority and developers act accordingly. The Parish Council need to monitor this and … Continued
The next draft of the Local Plan will be available for consultation in September 2016 and the housing numbers which NHDC has to provide have been revised upwards. Preston has been allocated a 24% increase up to 2031.It is expected … Continued
Yes, by utilising volunteers who have specific knowledge, time and expertise to help the Steering Group. It was noted that information and examples from other parishes could be used and that help from NHDC is now readily available. A view … Continued
Local Plans have reviews, updates and further consultations and Neighbourhood Plans could follow this route but changes would have to be approved and funding would not be available.
The designated area for the Preston Neighbourhood Plan was passed at the NHDC Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday 14th June