So, what is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Basically a Neighbourhood Plan is a document that sets out the policies on planning for an area. In this case Kingsmead. Planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications
As Kingsmead we can set out specific policies within the plan; for anything that isn't actually a planning policy we can also set up an Action Plan listing out wants/needs /issues and solutions
By having a plan we can shape how development is undertaken in Kingsmead and protect community assets BUT we cannot include anything that contravenes any policies already in place.
How do we set up the Neighbourhood Plan?
Firstly; we set up the Neighbourhood Area which has already been done and approved by Hertfordshire Town Council. Our area is the same as the Kingsmead ward
Secondly; we consult with everyone in Kingsmead ward including residents, businesses, community groups and schools to find out what everyone wants to see happening. With the Covid lockdown we have had to be a bit more inventive as we cannot have large meetings in person but we are holding virtual meetings and anyone can attend (just email firstname.lastname@example.org for entry details). We will be undertaking an initial survey to gather views and anyone can join our forum and post burning issues, comment on our proposals (once outlined) and raise anything that you would like to see. Once we have all this feedback we collate this into a set of policies
Finally; we submit the plan to the District Authority who will decide if it meets the requirements; providing we pass this test a referendum will then be held and if passed the Neighbourhood Plan then becomes part of the Statutory Development plans
Have other districts already got plans?
Sele Farm and Bengeo are already further along the process than Kingsmead
For all the details on Neighbourhood Planning see https://neighbourhoodplanning.org/