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The benefits of the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan – in short

  • by JW

Here is a reblogging of a post from last week – plus a little more – for our Facebook pages:


The Sid Valley will be voting on its Neighbourhood Plan next week:

Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan referendum 19th September, use your vote!


The dedicated pages of the plan are here, on the councils’ websites:

Neighbourhood Plan –

Sidmouth Neighbourhood Plan –


The Herald and Sidmouth Hub news site have been putting together regular pieces on the Plan – as reblogged here:

Relieving pressure on roads and car parks

New housing for local people

Protecting the Sidford/Sidbury gap

Redeveloping Port Royal

Affordable housing for local people


Here’s a helpful overview from Stafford – which applies just as much to the Sid Valley:


Neighbourhood Plans influence planning decisions
Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals. Through a Neighbourhood Plan, communities can choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.

Secure revenue from proposed new developments
Communities that draw up Neighbourhood Plans will receive 25% of planning levy charged on new developments in their Neighbourhood Plan area. This is known as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

What are the benefits for preparing a Neighbourhood Plan?


And from Sandbach, an outline which applies very much to the Sid Valley:


Benefits of a Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals. This is because unlike the parish, village or town plans that communities may have prepared, a neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the East Council. Decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan and the neighbourhood plan, and any other material considerations.

Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop over the next ten, fifteen, twenty years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people. They can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development they want to see.

The Key Benefits are:

  • It can protect areas from types of change (such as too much of one type of business)
  • It can include policies to influence new building design, or alterations to existing buildings.
  • It can protect or propose the creation of open spaces (Green Gaps, Nature reserves / wildlife corridors, allotments, sports pitches, play areas, parks and gardens, and important historic assets)
  • It enables the local community to retain more of the money collected from development, to spend on local projects.
  • It gives us, the residents … more say and control over our community
  • It enables us to ensure we protect the things we value the most
  • It enables to manage change effectively and ensure they benefit our community.
  • It allows us to encourage developers build what we believe our community needs and wants. (such greater numbers of affordable houses, developments more suited to elderly residents)
  • It can say where and what type of development should happen (new housing, or for businesses)

Benefits of a Neighbourhood Plan