Planning & The Parish Council
Planning and local development is something that affects us all and the Woodford cum Membris Parish Council has a part to play in local planning matters.
As part of the planning system, your Parish Council can comment on all planning applications within the Parish. When the Council comments on planning applications can always be found in Council Meeting Minutes.
These pages should help you with local planning issues….
Neighbourhood Development Plans
The Parish Council can use new neighbourhood planning powers to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in our parish. These are described legally as ‘neighbourhood development plans.’ Woodford is creating such a plan, see here: Plan Our Village.
Communities can use neighbourhood planning to permit the development they want to see – in full or in outline – without the need for planning applications. These are called ‘neighbourhood development orders.’
The neighbourhood development plan has to sit within the context of the Daventry strategic development plan but can make an important contribution to helping communities make sure that developments are relevant to their needs.
The Neighbourhood Development Plans or orders do not take effect unless there is a majority of support in a referendum of the neighbourhood.
Proposed neighbourhood development plans or orders need to gain the approval of a majority of voters of the neighbourhood to come into force. If proposals pass the referendum, the local planning authority is under a legal duty to bring them into force.