What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act 2011. It allows local communities to develop a shared plan for their local area to shape the development and growth of their own neighbourhood by preparing a neighbourhood plan. Once approved, neighbourhood plans are used to help make decisions on planning applications in the area.

We have put together a Neighbourhood and Community Planning Guide, aimed at town and parish councils, which sets out:

  • the range of community planning tools available 

  • the council’s support for town or parish councils wishing to prepare a neighbourhood plan and

  • signposts to the wide range of advice and guidance currently available.

Neighbourhood Planning in Huntingdonshire summarises the current position for the town and parish councils that are working on neighbourhood plans.

The following guides also provide useful information on the neighbourhood planning process:

Cambridgeshire Insight  has a wide range of evidence tools that can help with the production of neighbourhood plans.

Recent events 

Godmanchester

Independent examination of Godmanchester's submission neighbourhood plan took place between 3 July and 30 August 2017.

The town and district councils have agreed modifications to the plan. At its meeting on 12 October 2017, Huntingdonshire District Council's cabinet approved the modified plan to proceed to referendum.

Houghton and Wyton

Following consultation on alternative modifications for the Houghton and Wyton Neighbourhood Plan to those proposed by the examiner, the examination was reopened on 7 September 2017 with a new examiner. 

Neighbourhood planning in Huntingdonshire

Alwalton

Alwalton Parish Council's application for the designation of a neighbourhood area relating to the whole of the parish was approved on 30 January 2017.

Brampton

Brampton Parish Council’s application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area relating to the whole of the parish was approved on 5 March 2014, following consultation.

Bury

Bury Parish Council's application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area relating to the whole of the parish was approved on 7 October 2015, following consultation.

Godmanchester

Godmanchester Town Council’s application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area relating to the whole of the parish was approved on 11 March 2015, following consultation.

Godmanchester Parish Council prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan for comment from November 2016 to January 2017. The Parish Council then amended and finalised their Neighbourhood Plan for formal submission consultation from 8 May to 19 June 2017. Independent examination of Godmanchester's submission neighbourhood plan took place between 3 July and 30 August 2017.

The examiner concluded that the neighbourhood plan could proceed to referendum, subject to modifications. The Town and District Councils have agreed the modifications to the plan. At its meeting on 12 October 2017, Huntingdonshire District Council's cabinet approved the modified plan to proceed to referendum.

Referendum documents:

Houghton and Wyton

Houghton and Wyton Parish Council’s application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area relating to the whole of the parish was approved on 19 December 2012, following consultation.

Houghton and Wyton Parish Council prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan for comment from November 2014 to January 2015. The Parish Council then amended and finalised their Neighbourhood Plan for formal submission consultation from 19 June to 31 July 2015. Independent examination by a chartered town planner started on 14 September 2015. The examiner's report was received on 14 December 2015.

For further information see the Houghton and Wyton Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan.

Alternative modifications for the Houghton and Wyton Neighbourhood Plan to those proposed by the examiner were prepared and consulted on from 7 April to 22 May 2017. For more information see the consultation portal

Following consultation on alternative modifications for the Houghton and Wyton Neighbourhood Plan to those proposed by the examiner, the examination was reopened on 7 September 2017 with a new examiner. In relation to the reopened examination, the following correspondence was received:

  • the independent examiner of the plan sent the council and Houghton and Wyton Parish Council an initial letter regarding the documents sent to him on 11 September 2017

  • the examiner sent a request for a map on 25 September 2017, to which the council responded on 26 September 2017
  • the examiner sent a second letter regarding specific queries on 26 September 2017, to which the council responded on 3 October 2017

  • the examiner sent a third letter regarding specific queries on 9 October 2017, to which the council responded on 16 October 2017; part 1, part 2 and part 3.

The examiner has asked that the following documents are made available:

Huntingdon

Huntingdon Town Council's application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area relating to the whole of the parish was approved on 23 April 2015, following consultation.

St Neots

St Neots Town Council's application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area relating to whole of the parish was approved on 17 October 2013, following consultation.

St Neots Town Council then prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan and submitted it to Huntingdonshire District Council. The plan was consulted on, between 29 July and 9 September 2014, then independently examined by a chartered town planner from 12 January 2015. The examiner's report was received on 3 March 2015.

Visit the St Neots Town Council website for more information on the Neighbourhood Plan.

A referendum relating to the adoption of the St Neots Neighbourhood Plan was held on 4 February 2016. The majority of those who voted answered yes to the question, "Do you want Huntingdonshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for St Neots to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?".

The St Neots Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' at a meeting of full Council, on 24 February 2016. The Neighbourhood Plan is now part of the Adopted Development Plans.

The Stukeleys

The Stukeleys Parish Council's application for the designation of a neighbourhood area relating to the whole of the parish was approved on 3 June 2016, following consultation.