The Parish Council is proposing to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. Whilst a neighbourhood plan is not guaranteed to stop unwanted development it would make it much harder. The starting point for a neighbourhood plan, however, is to undertake a survey of the village. Hard copies will be available in due course, but we are hoping that as many people as possible will complete online.
Neighbourhood Development Plan Survey
The Parish of Broomhaugh and Riding has evolved over the years, shaped by the people who live and work here. This survey provides an opportunity for every resident to have a say in the future of our Parish. We will use this information to ensure that what we plan to deliver to the area reflects the feelings and needs of the people.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places in which they live and work. Neighbourhood Plans set out planning policies for the development and use of land in their area. Parishes will be able to choose where to site new houses and amenities and have a say in what those buildings will look like. With the publication of the Government White Paper and the expected changes in the way that planning decisions are taken, it is important that residents make their views known.
Does a Neighbourhood Plan carry any legal weight?
Once a Neighbourhood Plan is in force following a successful referendum, it carries real legal weight. Decisions on planning applications in our Parish must be made in accordance with its policies so long as they are relevant to the applications. Your Parish Council has taken the first step and has registered Broomhaugh and Riding as a “Neighbourhood Area”. The next step is a formal consultation with residents – and that is what this questionnaire is all about.
The more people who complete this questionnaire, the better we will be able to identify all the Parish aspirations and needs and incorporate them into the Neighbourhood Plan. So, please try to find 15 minutes to complete this questionnaire. Whatever your views and ideas this is your chance to influence our Parish’s future development.
All members of the household aged 15 or over should complete a separate form. It would help us considerably if you are able to complete the form online. To do so visit
Completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw (as long as you provide a name and e-mail address). First prize will be a voucher for £50 (to be redeemed at a shop of your choice); there will be a further five vouchers for £10 each, redeemable at the village shop.
The closing date for completion is Sunday 28 February
Thank you very much for your help with this.