What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood planning is a legal right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans. Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the Local Plan and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications.
The whole Parish of Twyford lies within the Boundary of the South Downs National Park (SDNP). This gives us the highest level of protection available, in planning terms, and any new development will be largely limited to local needs and facilities for visitors.
How does it work?
The Twyford Parish Council is leading on neighbourhood planning in our area.
The approval and adoption process involves publication of draft proposals and consideration of comments before submitting the plan for approval to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) and then for independent examination of the plan. A community referendum is held at the end of the process.
The referendum is an important part of the process allowing those that live in the neighbourhood area to decide whether or not the Neighbourhood Development Plan comes into effect or not. This is direct democracy and outlines the importance of working with the wider community and securing their support at an early stage in the process.
The Twyford Neighbourhood Development Plan (TNP) will set the policies for Twyford for the next 15 or so years and will determine how planning applications are decided. The TNP will address the needs of the village as a whole, representing all sections of the community.
Regular consultation with the community is of the essence in neighbourhood planning.
The Starting Point for the Neighbourhood Plan
The Twyford neighbourhood plan cannot operate in a vacuum; it has to work within the guidelines set by a number of higher authorities, in particular its status as designated National Park. These are:
Twyford St. Mary's Church seen from Berry Meadow in spring, summer, autumn and winter*
Satelite view of Twyford. Click for larger map.
South Downs National Park – Twyford is on the weternmost border. Click for larger map.
Twyford Neighbourhood Plan Area
Twyford neighbourhood Plan - First draft
2nd Draft of Twyford Neighbourhood Plan
A 2nd Draft of the Twyford Neighbourhood Plan (TNP) has now been produced taking account of comments made by the Twyford Community following publication of the 1st Draft in September 2016. A summary of changes made are described in the related links below. This 2nd Draft has been endorsed by Twyford Parish Council (TPC) and is now undergoing an independent Strategic Environmental Assessment after which further modifications may be made and a Final Draft Plan prepared. This Final Draft Plan will then be made public and formal consultation undertaken with the village community and other interested parties. We expect this consultation to take place later in 2017 and will be publicising this widely in due course.
We have also uploaded the detailed comments and responses to the 1st Draft of the TNP on the "Your Views" page together with a table showing the numbers/percentage of people who agreed/disagreed with each of the policies included in the 1st Draft of the Plan.
June 2017 TNP Update to Parishioners
A note to parishioners to update them on the Neighbourhood Plan was issued via the Twyford emails system (TIE) in June 2017 and can be viewed HERE or in the link below.
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