Why a Neighbourhood Plan for Wilbarston?
The Localism Act of 2011 gave the local residents power to shape the future of their communities by putting local plans at the heart of a new planning system. Under the Act, councils and local people can make decisions about any future housing, its design and location. Wilbarston Parish Council has made the decision to take on these new powers and to prepare a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’.
As important though housing development may be, the plan is about much more. It can include policies governing the future of green spaces, heritage assets, the environment, community facilities, economic activity, transport and roads - all things that will impact on the community in the coming years. The plan is a legally binding document which will be used by North Northamptonshire Council to determine planning applications in the Parish.