What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Kingston published a strong Parish Plan in November 2007. This Plan helped us agree a radical Local Lettings policy with the District Council and has steered Parish Council decision making for some time, as well as being very helpful to quote in grant applications for the village. However it does not have any legal status.
A Neighbourhood Plan however provides a new way for local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and/or work. The legal basis for neighbourhood planning is provided by the Localism Act 2011.
Neighbourhood Plans give communities more direct power to plan the areas in which they live. They can be used to:
- Develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood.
- Set planning policies for the development and use of land.
- Give planning permission for development the community wants to have.
Neighbourhood Plans therefore offer a powerful new planning tool for local communities.
A Neighbourhood Plan, once it has been agreed with the Parish Council, South Hams District Council and the parish electorate, will be a part of the Joint Local Plan for the South Hams, West Devon and Plymouth. www.plymswdevonplan.co.uk It will form the basis for determining planning applications for the parish and can set policies for development and use of land, identify key local priorities, allocate sites for housing or other development.
Most importantly it will be YOUR PLAN.
Kingston’s Plan Area is shown below and has been defined as the whole area enclosed within the current parish boundaries.
The Parish Council began the process of drafting this Plan at an Extraordinary Meeting in August 2016 and approval for the Plan Area was received in January 2017.