“The only way local residents can have a say in the planning process”

On the 12th of July 2021, Newbury Town Council (NTC) resolved to undertake a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for the Parish of Newbury.

Put simply, an NDP is a document written by the local community, as opposed the Local Planning Authority (West Berkshire Council, WBC), that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area which will be used to decide whether to approve planning applications.

This is subject to the NDP being approved through a referendum.

Through an NDP, the people of Newbury will have the opportunity to formulate and shape the future of their town for years to come.

NDP Stages

There are several key stages to the production and implementation of a NDP:

Stage 1: Initial setup and designating the Neighbourhood Area

Stage 2: Creating, and consulting the public on, the NDPs Vision and Objectives

Stage 3: Evidence gathering

Stage 4: Consulting on, and producing, the draft NDP

Stage 5: Finalising and submitting the draft NDP to WBC

Stage 6: Having the draft NDP be approved at a referendum by the electors of Newbury

In order to progress through these steps, a NDP Steering Group has been created. 

The Steering Group are running the first NDP consultation – the surveys can be accessed from the NDP Survey webpage

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