This section is all about developing the Neighbourhood Plan for the future. It will hold copies of the final plan and supporting documents. It will also contain copies of the information, decisions, draft plans and other intermediate documents published along the way.

The tasks needed to produce our plan can be grouped into 5 key stages, the first of which is already complete. The stages are:

Stage 1

Define the Neighbourhood Plan area. This has been done and approved by North Herts District Council as the boundary of the Parish of Preston.

Stage 2

Identify the issues that will be addressed in the Neighbourhood Plan. This will be done by means of a Questionnaire and additional information gathering. We would like to know your opinions on what you see as the positives of our parish and, if you feel there are any negatives what they are and how they can be improved upon. We will be looking for information on:

  • Quality of life
  • Amenities and facillities
  • Housing and development
  • Environment and heritage
  • Transport and communication

The Questionnaire is being prepared so please look out for more information about this. Drop in sessions are planned, to be held in the Village Hall, to share progress with you.

Once the completed questionnaires have been analysed and the results shared with the community drafting the neighbourhood plan can begin.

Stage 3

Conduct the formal round of public consultation, which is required, with the community and also with statutory bodies and others including:

  • The County Council
  • Local Authority
  • Neighbouring Parish Councils
  • The Environment Agency
  • English Heritage
  • Natural England
  • Landowners and any community organisations that will be affected by the Plan.

This should last for at least 6 weeks.

Stage 4

Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan by an independent examiner to evaluate our plan to ensure it meets all statutory obligations.

Stage 5

Referendum conducted and paid for by NHDC – assuming that the examiner recommends that our draft Neighbourhood Plan can proceed. The question that the referendum has to ask is:

Do you want NHDC to use the neighbourhood plan for Preston to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

Anybody registered to vote in the area covered by the Neighbourhood Plan will be entitled to vote. A simple majority of votes (over 50% of those voting) in favour of our Neighbourhood Plan is sufficient for it to succeed.

See also: What is a Neighbourhood Plan?