The Parish Council with the encouragement of Mr. Robert Lindsey,  District Councillor for this ward, has taken the decision to develop a Neighbourhood Plan.

Q1. Why are we doing this?

A: So that as a community we can protect the integrity of our village life, maintaining and enhancing areas of heritage and conservation and having influence and control over potential development in Brettenham for the next 20 years.

Q2. Does a Neighbourhood Plan have legal impact?

A: Yes. The Localism Act 2011 encourages Town and Parish Councils to develop neighbourhood plans including (with) the objective that communities establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in their neighbourhood.

Q3. How is the plan developed?

A. A Neighbourhood Plan is a community effort, under the auspices of the Parish Council, with everyone having the opportunity to contribute. The draft plan, once developed, will be subject to a referendum of all villagers so it is important from the start to have your voice heard and any ideas shared.

Q4. Does it involve a lot of work?

A: Yes! It will take a lot of work lasting around 18-24 months. A Steering Committee of approximately ten individuals will be formed, made up of both parish councillors and interested volunteers from the village. There will also be the opportunity for villagers with a particular interest to get involved in smaller focus groups in the four areas highlighted below. There will be a survey of the opinions of villagers and when allowed, at least two public meetings to look at the scope and scale of the plan development and to view and comment on the draft plan.

Q5. How much will it cost and who pays?

A: The cost will be high however the Parish Council will get grants covering the total costs from neighbourhoodplanning.org

Q6. What is the scope? A: There are 4 main elements covering Housing, Natural Environment, Built Environment and Design, Infrastructure and Services.

Your involvement is needed for the future of Brettenham, to preserve what is best about it and have a planning policy in place to ensure we can do so. If you are interested to know more or volunteer to help develop and shape the plan please contact Chris Clarke, cedclarke@btinternet.com

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