The Parish Council started the journey to create a
Neighbourhood Plan in November 2013 and after extensive consultation, lots of
re-writes and examination by an external planner, the Neighbourhood Plan went
to public referendum as part of the election on 3rd May 2018.
The Parish Council recommended that residents vote
in favour of this, so when 47% of Burley voted on the day, 82% were in favour
of adopting the Neighbourhood Plan.
But what does that really mean for Burley? It means
two things: more planning influence, and more money.
- There are many planning policies that developers
need to abide by when considering an application for planning permission. The Neighbourhood Plan is Burley’s own planning policy document, and
although it has to conform to the wider Bradford Council strategy, it lays down
clear standards and objectives which will serve to make Burley a better place
to live in, and which developers cannot ignore. The Parish
Council can also challenge
applications that are not in keeping with the Neighbourhood Plan.
- The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a tax
that is charged on the majority of new homes, to support investment in
infrastructure like roads and schools etc. Without a Neighbourhood Plan the
Parish Council would have received 15% of the CIL for local infrastructure
needs, with 85% being retained by Bradford Council. However with a
Neighbourhood Plan the Parish Council receives 25% - all which will be spent in
It is recognised that since the referendum,
some have sought to use the Neighbourhood Plan against the village by inferring
policies that are not contained. Two things must be made clear:
- Burley must conform to the Bradford Core Strategy that identifies a
housing growth target of at least 700 new homes by 2030. This the Parish
Council have no discretion over
- Our vision is to ensure that Burley will retain the green belt surrounding our border.
Clearly a number of potential housing sites in Bradford
District are within the existing Green Belt and consequently,
there is a requirement for a district wide Green Belt review.
The setting of Green Beltboundaries is a
strategic planning policy matter and as such resides with Bradford
Council. Whilst we want to plan for more new homes and jobs,
the Neighbourhood Plan also aims to protect openspaces
and preserve the natural heritage of the area. Althoughredevelopment
may be acceptable on some sites with the village, theNeighbourhood
Plan does not want to see the loss of the things that make the villagespecial,
such as key open spaces.