A Neighbourhood Plan For Sleaford

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Neighbourhood Planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Neighbourhood Plans give communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area over the next ten, fifteen, twenty years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people.

Our Key Themes

As the plan progresses we will be identifying key themes for discussion. Information about those themes and links to their dedicated pages will appear on the site in due course.

Listen to Janet Clark from YMCA/ Community Lincs explaining how young people from our secondary schools can get involved  and contribute to the Neighbourhood Plan

Housing

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Environment

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Culture

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Transport

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Education

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Health

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Latest News

Come along to our Open Day! 

Tuesday 28th September 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm at Sleaford Town Hall. Come along to see progress on the town’s neighbourhood plan and tell us what you think about our vision and objectives.

Walkabout Success 

We had a good turnout for our town walkabout on Sunday 22nd August. We are now gathering together the thoughts and comments from the participants. These will feed into character assessments of the areas of the town, an important aspect of developing our Neighbourhood Plan. Missed the walk and want to comment? Get in touch …

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Save the Dates – Walkabout and Workshop 

Join us for a walkabout around Sleaford town centre on Sunday 22nd August as part of the next stage of the Development Plan. Email admin@sleafordneighbourhoodplan.co.uk to reserve a place on the walk. Save the date for 28th September – the Sleaford Neighbourhood Plan Open Day at Sleaford Town Hall.

Delivering The Plan

There are eight steps in the process of creating a neighbourhood plan.

Step One – Getting started
  • Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan?
  • Recognise wide community involvement as a key element from the outset
  • Contact our planning authority for advice/support
  • Determine the neighbourhood area and apply for designation
  • Produce a project plan
  • Apply for funding
Step Two – Identifying issues

Find out the strengths and weaknesses of the area by:

  • Consulting residents and local business owners to understand their views, thoughts and concerns
  • Reviewing local evidence e.g. the Community Led Plan if there is one
  • Identify gaps in evidence and compile new evidence
  • Analyse what you have
Step Three – Developing a vision and aims
  • Decide what you want your community to be like in the future (prioritise issues and themes)
  • Identify how the Neighbourhood Plan could achieve this (develop key aims)
  • The Plan can relate to a wide range of planning and regeneration matters, social, economic and environmental
Step Four – Generating options for your draft plan
  • Consider options for the type of development you wish to see and how you will use the land
  • The plan may identify key sites for specific development, housing, retail, employment, etc
Step Five – Preparing a draft
  • Set out policies and proposals that will help to achieve your vision
  • Consider the environmental effects of your plan
  • Ensure your plan complies with planning law
Step Six – Consultation and submission
  • There will be a public consultation on the draft plan to make sure everyone in the community has the chance to comment on proposed developments
  • Planning law determines other statutory consultees
  • After any changes have been made submit the plan to our planning authority
Step Seven – Independent examination
  • Our planning authority will appoint an independent examiner who will ensure the Neighbourhood Plan conforms to National and Local Planning Policies
Step Eight – Referendum and adoption
  • If the plan passes examination our planning authority will arrange a referendum on the plan
  • If over 50 per cent of those voting are in favour of the plan it will be adopted
  • The Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the development plan for the area

JOIN US


We need local people to help develop the Sleaford Neighbourhood Plan 

  • Join a working party that focuses on a particular topic that interests you
  • Volunteer practical help to create the Plan such as delivering leaflets, helping with the website, creating videos, taking pictures
  • If you have time to spare…volunteer to serve on the Neighbourhood Plan working group to help manage the process.

Are you interested?

Contact: admin@sleafordneighbourhoodplan.co.uk

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