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The Process

What is a Neighbourhood Plan and why is it so important to us?

  • It will guide conservation within our boundaries
  • A new tool that will provide us with more control over the type, location, size, pace and design of development in our village
  • It will be written by residents of Sutton, people who know and live in the village
  • It provides more funds to the Parish Council to improve local facilities and infrastructure through the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy)

What will it contain?

Proposals that include:

  • New facilities
  • Allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development, the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues
  • Housing, including affordable housing (affordable housing is housing that is not normally for sale on the open market)
  • Employment
  • Green spaces – Protecting and enhancing for generations to enjoy in years to come
  • Transport and access (including issues around roads, cycling, walking and access for disabled people)

It will be a document that sets out planning policies for the village. Planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications. Neighbourhood plans may not propose less development than the local plan (or core strategy), but they can propose more homes or businesses or alternative sites or higher design standards for buildings.

When the Neighbourhood Plan is in place the Parish Council will receive an additional 10% of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) sourced from developments originating in the Parish. The money must be used to support development of the Parish.

In short – With your input it will be a powerful tool for ensuring that we gain the right types of development, in the right place.

More information on Neighbourhood Plans, including the process can be seen at: