Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Neighbourhood Plan (‘NDP’)?
Neighbourhood Plans -
a new approach to planning
The Localism Act, was
given Royal Assent in November last year and The Neighbourhood Planning
(General) Regulations 2012 came into force on 6th April 2012.
This gives Town and Parish Councils the ability to produce a Neighbourhood
What is a NDP?
It has been described as
a tool for managing change. It can set out a vision for an area, and
describe planning policies for the use and development of land. It is about
local rather than strategic issues; it might cover where new shops, offices
or homes would be acceptable, and what green spaces should be protected.
The vision will cover the next 15 to 20 years.
Why is this
If all the necessary
steps are achieved, the Arun District Council must adopt the NDP, and it
becomes a legal part of planning policy.
How is an NDP
The Parish Council
registered the boundary of the Parish as the defining Neighbourhood Plan
area and set up an NDP steering group that has gathered evidence. Community
engagement, with local businesses and individuals is actively proceeding.
Once the NDP is produced it will be circulated in draft form for comment
before submission of the final document to the Arun District Council. The
District Council must check for legal compliance, and carry out further
‘pre-examination’ public consultation. An Independent Examiner must approve
the plan, and finally a referendum of residents of the NDP area will be
held. If over 50% of the voters agree, the NDP will be adopted.
What difference will the plan make to you?
The Rustington NDP is
important as it will enable the people of Rustington to influence the
planning and evolution of the area in which they live and work.
It can be used to:-
Develop a shared vision for our
Choose where new homes, shops and
other developments should be built;
Identify, protect and enhance
local green spaces and wildlife habitats;
Influence what type of new
buildings are built and what they look like