In 2014 the Parish Council decided that Tanworth should have a Neighbourhood Development Plan and established a Steering Group to prepare it. The purpose of this web site is to help residents keep up to date with progress. To find out more about NDPs and where we have got in Tanworth and provide easy access to key documents and evidence.
You will find links to key documents, evidence TiA core documents and national NDP guidance and information above in the TiA reference page.
Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs), introduced in 2011, for the first time enable local communities to decide the future of the places where they live and/or work. Once approved they will often be decisive in how future planning applications are decided. Applications will no longer be matters for the District Council alone. To learn more about NDPs see NDP Guidance
The Plan must have regard to national planning policies and be broadly consistent with the Stratford District Councils Plan for the District (not yet approved). See Planning Framework for more details
The Tanworth Neighbourhood Development Plan will influence the future of the Parish, including the principal settlements of Tanworth, Earlswood, Forshaw Heath, as well as Wood End and Danzey. It will cover housing (where and what sort of new homes should be built), the local economy, transport, social facilities, and, of course, how best to protect our environment.
The Plan, when produced, will have to be the subject of a referendum and will only be approved if a majority of the residents voting in the referendum support the Plan. However, we are some way from that stage in the process. So, where have we got to?
The Parish Council established a Steering Group tasked with producing a Plan and it in turn established working groups and a Committee to manage the work. See Working Arrangements. The following has been done
Early 2015 a questionnaire to every person in the Parish. The results of the survey can be found in Surveys
We have identified the issues that we think the Plan should cover based on Terms of Reference decided by the Parish Council see Background; the results of the Residents Survey; and proposals in the District Council’s Core Strategy that affect the Parish. We have completed a survey of businesses and employers in the Parish and analysed the results See Surveys
We have completed an assessment of the environmental character of the main settlements and surrounding landscapes. This will provide the basis for design and environmental policies. See Evidence Base
Researched Censuses and other published data including planning permissions in the last 15 years. See Evidence base
The next step is to consult widely with residents on the issues, the options for dealing with them and possible proposals and policies. A very early draft of the Consultation Paper see link has been discussed with the Parish Council at a meeting open to the public and we are seeking advice from planning consultants, and the District Council, before finalising the paper.
Currently we are hoping to start the consultation stage by the end of April.
It goes without saying that we always need help and anyone with some spare time and an interest in the future of the Parish should contact…… Mike Saunders