Neighbourhood Plan FAQ’s

Here are some of the commonly asked questions about Neighbourhood Plans and answers from the Steering Group, Daventry’s Planning Department and other sources.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan for?
It is a legal document that has to be taken into account as part of the approval process for any local planning application.
What if we don’t have one?
Without a Neighbourhood Plan each planning application is considered on its own merits without reference to others and often without reference to the wishes of local residents.
Don’t developers just appeal and overrule plans?
Neighbourhood Plans don’t necessarily stop developments but a developer seeking approval for something that went against the local plan is in the same position as one appealing against a National Planning Policy and so they are much less likely to be successful.
What area does our plan cover?
The plan covers the parish of Woodford-cum-Membris, including Woodford Halse, Hinton and West Farndon. There is a map of the boundary in the Plan.
How does this relate to Daventry’s plans?
Daventry District Council is consulting on their overall plan for the district. The Steering Group worked with representatives of DDC’s Planning Department to ensure that the two plans are in step. You can find out about Daventry’s plan here.
Will it cost us anything?
Creating the plan did not cost the village anything. Steering Group members gave their time freely. Grants were gained to cover the costs of professional consultancy used to help create the plan.
What benefits will the village get?
Beyond helping to control developments, the scheme also attracts additional community funding from developments that do take place. Since April 2015,  in villages without a Neighbourhood Plan developers pay 15% of the Community Infrastructure Levy to the local community, with an annual limit. With a plan, it is 25%, with no limit..
What benefits will individual residents get?
Residents have had a say in what happens in their community as part of the planning process. That should lead to a better living and working environment and better planning approval decisions in the future.
Who was consulted on the village plan?
All village residents had the opportunity to make their views known during the Consultation stage. The Steering Group consulted with adjoining villages, local businesses, public utilities, the Environmental Agency and Daventry District Council among others.
 Can I see the plan?
Yes, the final version that was “made” after being approved in the Referendum is available here
What happens next?
The plan will be used by the Parish Council and Daventry District Council when considering Planning Applications in the village. You can find out more about the planning process here.