Brading is developing a
“Your Place, Your Plan”
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
The Localism Bill 2011 set out to reform the planning system to give local communities more say in shaping development in the areas in which they live, achieved through a new type of community-led initiative known as a “Neighbourhood Plan”, which will set out policies on the development and use of land.
Once plans are adopted by the Isle of Wight Planning Authority they become part of the Local Development Framework for the Isle of Wight. This means that the policies set out in the plan will become a main consideration when decisions are made on planning applications.
The Neighbourhood Plan is an important opportunity for our community. It enables us to write our own plan for the development and redevelopment of sites in and around Brading. A chance to make sure that Brading develops as we agree it should over the next 15 – 20 years and not have unwanted or inappropriate development forced upon us by teh Isle of Wight Planning Authority.
What are the benefits of developing a Neighbourhood Plan?
The most obvious benefit is that developing a neighbourhood plan can help the community play a greater role in shaping the future of their area. Secondly, in actually doing the work, it can bring together residents, businesses, local groups, landowners and developers to share ideas and build consensus on what needs to be achieved in an area. Thirdly, it can help create lasting partnerships both within and outside of our community.
In particular our Neighbourhood Plan offers our community a direct route for including our local planning priorities and aspirations within the wider Island Plan system.
The Neighbourhood Plan will be developed by you as members of the Brading community – you may live here, work here, go to school here, shop here or have social connections to the Parish. You know the community best and can help in identifying sites which would be suitable for housing, business, leisure or other forms of community-related development which will shape the long term future for Brading.
The Plan is important for everyone because, if a vote to support the plan at a community referendum is successful, it will become a legal document and decisions on planning applications will be required to be made in accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan.
There will be opportunities over the coming months at consultation events in your area for you tohave your say and contribute to the Plan: so please get involved, as this is an important opportunity for everyone connected with Brading to help shape our community. You can get involved in a variety of ways!
Go along to a consultation event, complete a survey to put your own views forward
- Join a working group who are looking at specific areas of the plan such as Housing, Business, Environment, Traffic and Transport or Community issues
- Become a Neighbourhood Representative and act as the liaison point for your street or Neighbourhood.
If you are interested in finding out how you could become involved with other local people to help develop the Neighbourhood Plan then please get in touch with the Town Clerk on 401770 or email Townclerk@brading.gov.uk