This is an important question and we must be clear as to what a plan is and what it can do. One guide to Neighbourhood plans puts it like this
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development.
Neighbourhood plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.
A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.
Crucially our neighbourhood plan will set out yours and our vision of Southam in the future. In doing this we need to consider where and how Southam came about and envisage our town by considering the challenges we currently face and the needs of our community.
The final plan will be a legal document that carries a great deal of importance and will need to be consulted by any future developers looking to build in or change our local area.
We really want to know what you think about our area and what you feel we should protect, consider and include in the visions of Southam in the future. You can do this by completing the contact us form or by attending one of our volunteer meetings (held quarterly). You can also discuss with any of us during our public events – please see the events board for further information.