Bredon has become the latest parish in the district to have its Neighbourhood Plan adopted by Wychavon District Council.
The Neighbourhood Plan for Bredon, Bredons Norton, and Westmancote (Bredon Parish) went to a referendum on 8 June, to vote on the question, ‘Do you want Wychavon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Bredon to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
The referendum result declared that 90% of those who voted backed plans to give the parish more say in how their area is developed by voting ‘yes’ in response to the question.
Neighbourhood Plans were introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011. They allow communities to draw up their own development blueprint detailing where they want new homes, shops and office to be built. It also gives them more of a say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.
They need 50 per cent support from people voting in a referendum in order to be adopted by the local planning authority.
In Bredon, 90 per cent of the 1,666 votes cast (a 71% turnout) were in support of Wychavon District Council using the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
Wychavon’s full Council formally adopted the Bredon Parish Neighbourhood Plan on 26 July 2017.
Councillor Bradley Thomas, portfolio holder for planning, transport and infrastructure at Wychavon District Council, said: “I would like to congratulate the Parish Council in Bredon for producing such a well thought out Neighbourhood Plan and for taking the opportunity to shape the future development of their parish. I would also like to congratulate the people of Bredon, who have voted for greater influence and a greater degree of control over how their communities develop.”
Some of the highlights of the plan include:
- Defining ‘local gaps’ in order to protect the character and rural setting of settlements.
- Supporting the re-use of rural buildings, agricultural and forestry-related development, and minor extensions to existing dwellings, where they preserve the separation between settlements concerned and retain individual identities.
- Designating special areas of open space within Bredon parish as Local Green Space.
- Ensuring that development proposals enable the protection and enhancement of the local landscape and biodiversity, with a particular emphasis on traditional orchards, veteran trees, native woodlands, wildlife corridors, protected natural heritage sites, Nature Improvement Areas, long-established hedgerows and species or habitats of principal importance.
To read the Neighbourhood Plan for Bredon, go to www.wychavon.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning.
Hard copies of the plan are also available at the Civic Centre in Pershore, Pershore Library and Tewkesbury Borough Council offices.
For more information or to get advice on Neighbourhood Planning, contact Andrew Ford or Reiss Sadler in the Planning Policy team on 01386 565362 or 01386 565430, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.