Not just neighbourhood planning – a neighbourhood plan!

More exciting news from the world of neighbourhood planning, well a small corner of it anyway. Since my last blog the Upper Eden neighbourhood plan has passed through the referendum stage.

Following the plan’s successful examination it had to face a local referendum, open to everyone of voting ages within the local plan area. The plan needed the support of more than 50% of the votes cast to enable it to go forward for adoption by the local planning authority to form part of the development plan.  

Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan

Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan

The referendum is an essential test to ensure that the plan is truly representative of the local community, not just the people who have written it. Upper Eden’s plan has successfully passed through the referendum process with a large majority. For a plan covering 17 parishes this is a real testament to the quality of their engagement and their decision to focus on those issues that local people care about most.

Upper Eden is the first neighbourhood plan to be formally adopted. We wish to congratulate everyone in the Upper Eden Community Plan Group. We also hope it will inspire others to follow their lead. Remember if you are working on your neighbourhood plan and you would like some help with how to incorporate woods and trees into your local community please have a look at our website.

Victoria Bankes Price, Planning Adviser


About Victoria Bankes Price

I am the Planning Advisor at the Woodland Trust. I work to protect ancient woodland and promote woodland creation through the planning system.
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3 Responses to Not just neighbourhood planning – a neighbourhood plan!

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  2. Peter Kyte says:

    I hope this will be rolled out nationally, the more the planning process is fully democratic to local people the better planning will be.

    • Victoria Bankes Price says:

      Hi Peter, thanks for your comment. Neighbourhood planning is open to every neighbourhood across England. Upper Eden is just the first to make its way through the system. There are lots more coming through, so fingers crossed we should see some more neighbourhood plans adopted soon.

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