Why we need a Neighbourhood Plan

A Neighbourhood Plan sets out policies against which, in conjunction with higher level policies determined at district or national levels, proposals for development within the parish will be assessed in the future. The Plan also contains certain policies which are specific to the Parish and which are designed to shape development in accordance with the wishes of the community.

A Neighbourhood Plan can only be about land use and policies covering development which themselves require planning permission. Without a Plan, decisions on planning applications will be made without the Parish views being taken into account. This is why Lewknor Parish needs a Neighbourhood Plan – to ensure, so far as possible, that the future of the Parish is kept in the hands of the people who live there.

So as to paint a complete picture of the community, a number of additional aspirations are also documented, based on consultation with the community, covering such subjects as, traffic speed, parking, bus services, etc. However no specific policies are set covering these topics as they are outside the scope of the Neighbourhood Planning process.