What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Put simply, a neighbourhood plan it is a community-led framework for guiding the future development of Glastonbury. A Neighbourhood Plan includes development, regeneration and conservation. It is about the use and development of land, incorporating a vision, aspirations, aims and proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities. It may also deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues, such as housing, employment and heritage. Glastonbury has a number of unique issues to contend including the flood risk zones on the edge of town and the density of historic sites.
Here’s an excellent animation to help you understand the significance of a Neighbourhood Plan
A Neighbourhood Plan on completion will be part of the statutory plan for the area, if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives this plan far more weight than previous plans such as the one completed in 2006.
Our plan must comply with legislation and will have regard to national policy and in general will have conformity with local planning policy. This opportunity is very exciting, as if completed successfully, will introduce policies local to Glastonbury.
Glastonbury Town Council, and in particular the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group, is expected to provide a robust and thorough consultation exercise. You can read about some of the work committee members have been engaged with in the subgroups section of the website.
Hear our Mayor, Councillor Jon Cousins, speak to reporter Paul Lund about his enthusiasm for Glastonbury’s Neighbourhood Plan and why residents should get involved.
Yet there is one missing ingredient – YOU! We really do need your help. Between the 8th – 15th January 2018, a questionnaire will be delivered to every household in Glastonbury. Please take the time to read through and participate. Your responses will help us to develop our plan for presentation to Mendip District Council which will be formally assessed by an independent examiner. If all goes well, we will provide an opportunity for residents to vote at a later referendum as to whether they wish to support the Glastonbury’s Neighbourhood Plan or not.
Gerard Tucker has been appointed to help with the research and preparation of the plan. He brings his long experience of public service in Somerset to this role, having served as Chairman of the Langport Area Development Trust, Economic Development Team Leader for South Somerset District Council, Centre Manager at Yeovil Innovation Centre and Investment Manager of Into Somerset.