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Neighbourhood Planning

Information on neighbourhood planning in the Borough and how communities can get involved.

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act 2011 (amending the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 ) as a tool for local people and businesses to shape the development and growth of their local area. Through neighbourhood planning, communities are able to choose where new homes, shops and offices should be built, have their say on what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for new buildings they want in their area.

Local Councils (including Town, Parish and Village Councils) are responsible for neighbourhood planning in their administrative areas. In areas without a Local Council, local people and businesses can form Neighbourhood Forums which become the designated body for neighbourhood planning in their area.

Local Councils and Neighbourhood Forums have the power to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan for their neighbourhood area which sets out general planning policies for development and the use of land and is used to determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area. Local Councils and Neighbourhood Forums can also produce Neighbourhood Development Orders which can grant planning permission for certain types of development in the neighbourhood area without the need for a traditional planning application.

The first stage in Neighbourhood Planning is to designate the neighbourhood area. The Local Council or a group suitable of becoming a designated Neighbourhood Forum must submit a neighbourhood area application to Basildon Borough Council for consideration and approval. This is in accordance with regulation 5 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). A neighbourhood area application must include the following:

  • a map which identifies the area to which the area application relates
  • a statement explaining why this area is considered appropriate to be designated as a neighbourhood area
  • a statement that the organisation or body making the area application is a relevant body for the purposes of section 61G of the 1990 Act.

The next stage in Neighbourhood Planning is to designate the Neighbourhood Forum where the neighbourhood area is in a non-parished area. The proposing body/organisation must submit a neighbourhood forum application to Basildon Borough Council for consideration and approval. This is in accordance with regulation 8 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). A neighbourhood forum application must include the following:

  • the name of the proposed neighbourhood forum
  • a copy of the written constitution of the proposed neighbourhood forum
  • the name of the neighbourhood are to which the application relates and a map which identifies the area
  • the contact details of at least one member of the proposed neighbourhood forum to be made public under regulations 9 and 10
  • a statement which explains how the proposed neighbourhood forum meets the conditions contained in section 61F.

Once a neighbourhood area and neighbourhood forum (where required) has been designated the Local Council or designated Neighbourhood Forum can begin preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan or Neighbourhood Development Orders. If you are interested in neighbourhood planning in your area and would like to find out more information please contact the Planning Policy Team. Contact details are below.

Neighbourhood Planning in the Borough

There are currently no adopted Neighbourhood Development Plans or Neighbourhood Development Orders in the Borough. However the Council has formally designated the following:

  • Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Area and the Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Forum.
  • Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet Neighbourhood Area.

Designated Neighbourhood Areas within the Borough can be viewed on the following map.

pdf icon Map of Designated Neighbourhood Areas - 2016 [3Mb]

Designated Neighbourhood Areas and Forums

Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum

In February 2016 Basildon Borough Council received a formal application from the proposed Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Forum to designate the area around Hovefields Avenue, Hovefields Drive and Honiley Avenue as a Neighbourhood Area. At the same time the Council also received a formal application to designate the Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Forum.

In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), the Council publicised both applications for six weeks between Tuesday 1st March and Tuesday 12th April 2016 and invited representations.

On 25 May 2016 Basildon Borough Council approved the designation of the Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Area and the designation of the Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Forum. The decision notice, publication statement of the consultation and the applications are available to view below.

Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Area Application

pdf icon Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Area Application [168kb]

pdf icon Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Area Application Supporting Statements [481kb]

pdf icon Map of Proposed Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Area [674kb]

Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Forum Application

pdf icon Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Forum Application [155kb]

pdf icon Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Forum Application Supporting Statements [485kb]

pdf icon Map of Proposed Hovefields and Honiley Neighbourhood Area [674kb]

Representation Received

pdf icon Publication Statement [1Mb]

Decision Notice

pdf icon Hovefields and Honiley - Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum Decision Notice - May 2016 [165kb]

Bowers Gifford & North Benfleet Neighbourhood Area

In May 2016 Basildon Borough Council received a formal application from the Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet Parish Council to designate the parished area of Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet as a Neighbourhood Area.

In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), the Council publicised the application for four weeks between Thursday 26th May and Thursday 23rd June 2016 and invited representations.

On 18 July 2016 Basildon Borough Council approved the designation of the Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet Neighbourhood Area. The decision notice, publication statement of the consultation and the application are available to view below.

Bowers Gifford & North Benfleet Neighbourhood Area Application

pdf icon Bowers Gifford & North Benfleet Neighbourhood Area Application [371kb]

pdf icon Map of Proposed Bowers Gifford & North Benfleet Neighbourhood Area [4Mb]

pdf icon Bowers Gifford & North Benfleet Neighbourhood Area Application Map [303kb]

Representation Received

pdf icon Bowers Gifford & North Benfleet Neighbourhood Area Publication Statement - July 2016 [1Mb]

Decision Notice

pdf icon Bowers Gifford & North Benfleet - Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice - July 2016 [117kb]

Neighbourhood Planning Support Policy

Basildon Borough Council has prepared a Support Policy to provide more information on neighbourhood planning and to provide clarity on the level of 'advice and assistance' the Council will give to Local Councils and Neighbourhood Forums at the various stages of the neighbourhood planning process.

Downloadable Document

pdf icon Neighbourhood Planning Support Policy - March 2015 [627kb]

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