Neighbourhood Planning process

Neighbourhood Planning was introduced via the Localism Act 2011. It aims to allow a "Neighbourhood" (which may be a Community or a Parish Council area) to draw up a document setting out planning policies for the area, This then forms a statutory part of determining planning applications in that neighbourhood.

To be adopted, a Neighbourhood Plan first requires the area it covers to be formally designated by the Planning authority (in Legbourne's case, East Lindsey District Council). Thereafter the document goes through numerous drafts involving the collection and analysis of local data, the views of residents regarding the priorities and policies identified; and the planning authority's comments on the relationship between the district wide Local Plan and the Neighbourhood plan draft - there is an expectation that a Neighbourhood Plan should not run contrary to the Local Plan and National Planning guidance. Prior to adoption a public examination of the draft Neighbourhood Plan takes place.

Legbourne PC commenced the drafting process in 2014. By early 2017 it was felt that the process was causing the document to become less and less reflective of the views of residents, due primarily to the pressure to conform closely to the expectations of the District Council. As a result the PC decided to stop any further work on Neighbourhood Planning and instead use the information gathered to date to draw up a Statement of Local Planning Principles.