EVENT: Acle Neighbourhood Plan consultation event

Acle Neighbourhood Plan – Consultation Event Saturday 29th June 2013, 10am until 3pm

Acle Church Room, Norwich Road, Acle (opposite Budgens)

Acle Parish Council would like to invite residents of Acle and the surrounding parishes to a Neighbourhood Planning consultation event on Saturday 29th June 2013 from 10am until 3pm in the Acle Church Room, Norwich Road, Acle.  The event is informal and designed for you to drop-in throughout the day.

The event is the first in a number of consultation sessions taking place over 2013 on the Acle Neighbourhood Plan.  We would be delighted if you could spare some time to come along, learn more about Neighbourhood Planning and start to tell us your views on how the village might develop or adapt in the future. A Neighbourhood Plan for Acle would help shape the future of the village and it is important that it reflects your aims and aspirations so please do come along.

Further information about the event is available from the following sources:

Editors notes:

Acle Parish Council has made an application to Broadland District Council and the Broads Authority to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. The Parish Council is in the process of setting up a Neighbourhood Plan working group which will include a cross section of community organisations and stakeholders, such as the Acle Society, Acle Recreation Centre, Acle Academy, Acle Youth Club, Norfolk County Council, Broadland District Council and Broads Authority.

Neighbourhood Planning is a new community-led planning initiative that has emerged from the Government’s Localism Bill. It gives local people new rights to help shape the development of the communities they live in. Neighbourhood Plans allow local communities to set out planning policies on the development and use of land in the ‘neighbourhood area’, in Acle’s case the neighbourhood area is likely to be the civil parish. Any policies included within the Neighbourhood Plan will need to conform to strategic planning policies and guidance at the local, national and european level. They will also need to demonstrate support from the local community. Once adopted a Neighbourhood Plan becomes a statutory planning document which means that it is material consideration in determining any planning application within its boundaries.

Acle Parish Council has chosen to progress an application to Broadland District Council and the Broads Authority to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan following on from the work on the Village Economic Masterplan which is currently being finalised. The Village Economic Masterplan, which focussed on developing projects to help support and enhance the local economy, proposed a number of projects that would benefit from being included within a Neighbourhood Plan. By including these projects in a Neighbourhood Plan it will make them easier to deliver, as they have the support of a statutory planning document and a stronger chance of attracting funding.

Acle Parish Council will be working with Ingham Pinnock Associates to prepare the plan. Ingham Pinnock Associates will provide support and guidance on technical aspects of the process.