Introduced through the 2011 Localism Act, neighbourhood planning is a legal right for communities. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans. Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the Local Plan and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications.
Stoke Gabriel Neighbourhood Plan is an initiative started within the community for the benefit of the community to be put together by the community. It is a plan to ensure that the future needs of those living here are fully promoted, whilst also protecting all that is best about this special place in which we are fortunate to live. It is likely to affect every one of us at some time over the next 15 years.
We are determined to ensure that they meet the aspirations of all and this website is designed to play a major part in achieving this. We will use it not only to keep you abreast of the developing plan but also to encourage you to contribute your ideas and thoughts.
So why a neighbourhood plan?
• Greater local influence over future development of the Parish including helping to shape the new local plan.
• Opportunity to develop more 'Stoke Gabriel specific' plans and policies with statutory backing.
• Opens up possibility of more funding to support local projects.
• Builds community engagements and consensus to deliver a more joined up approach.
• Getting involved can make a difference and could be extremely worthwhile.
Open meetings take place on the 2nd Thursday of the month, at 6:30pm, usually in the Village Hall. However it is always best to check the website or our ‘Facebook’ pages to confirm.Meetings Page