Burley-in-Wharefdale Neighbourhood Plan
Neighbourhood Plan - Background
The Localism Act 2011 gives parish councils and other relevant bodies new powers to prepare statutory neighbourhood plans to help guide development in their local area. These powers give local people the opportunity to shape new development as planning applications are determined in accordance with national planning policy and the local development plan. A Neighbourhood Plan forms parts of this local planning framework
Once made (adopted), Neighbourhood Development Plans have statutory weight, because they become part of the development plan for the area. Decision makers have to take what the Burley-in-Wharfedale Neighbourhood Development Plan says into account when making decisions on planning applications
Although neighbourhood planning gives more power to local communities to say what goes on in their area, there are limitations. Neighbourhood plans must take account of national planning policy; and be in line with the strategic planning policy set out in the City of Bradford’s development plan
Engaging Residents, Businesses and Stakeholders
All Neighbourhood Plans have to be prepared following the procedure set out by government. Central to this procedure is the community engagement which is necessary to a) ensure the key community issues are identified and b) ensure that the plan has been prepared by taking in to account the views of those who live, work and carry out business in the area.
Data and information has been gathered from several local organisations such the Community Trust, Burley and District Chamber of Trade, Wharfedale Greenway, Greenholme Mills Developments, landowners and developers and Bradford Council. Following the collection of data from local organisations, focus groups, individuals, voluntary and charity groups, a two day public engagement was held on the 7th and 8th of March 2014 complemented by an exhibition that was held in the library during the following week. Over 500 people attended the exhibition and over 400 written comments were received.
A second public consultation exercise was held on Saturday 11th October 2014, with over 400 attending and returning 170 questionnaires.
The You Tube link below provides for a summary of the main points highlighted during the consultation in October 2014
A third consultation was held on Saturday 16th Jan 2016. Around 230 people attended and around 80 written comments were submitted.
This consultation event reinforced the majority view from previous consultation activity that:
- The countryside separating Burley from other settlements is an essential characteristic of the Parish;
- People feel there is an overall balance of population and facilities
- Building styles, the conservation area and overall settlement size are seen as essential characteristics.
- There should be no large scale developments which would distort the existing balance of existing life