About The Neighbourhood Plan

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What is the Process of Creating a Neighbourhood Plan?

There is a set process that a community must adhere too in order to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. The process and the intended timetable for the Gainsborough Neighbourhood Plan is shown in the timeline on the front page. At the heart of the Neighbourhood Plan process is community consultation; a plan cannot be produced successfully without inclusive consultation with local residents and key stakeholders such as businesses, land owners and visitors to the area. The Neighbourhood Plan must also be approved by an independent examiner and it can then only be brought into force following a majority vote at referendum by local residents of the Neighbourhood Plan Area.

Who will lead the Plan?

Neighbourhood planning is designed to be led by the local community. A Neighbourhood Plan can only be prepared by a Parish or Town Council in Parished areas. In areas where there is no Parish or Town Council, a Neighbourhood Forum can lead on coordinating the Neighbourhood Plan.

In the case of Gainsborough only Gainsborough Town Council can be the qualifying body to bring forward the Neighbourhood Plan. However, the Town Council want local people to lead this process and therefore if you wish to be involved in the development of the Neighbourhood Plan please contact us.

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How a Neighbourhood Plan will benefit Gainsborough 

The Gainsborough Neighbourhood Plan can be used for the following purposes:

  • Developing a shared vision for our town
  • Choosing where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built
  • Defining preferences for the mix of housing types in any new development
  • Identifying and protect important local green spaces
  • Protecting and enhancing the historic and community assets within our town

A Neighbourhood Plan will give the community of Gainsborough a new way of influencing planning decisions that are made in the Town and it will also be used to guide future growth up to 2036. By having a Neighbourhood Plan, we will have a legally enforceable way of controlling and influencing some aspects of future development in our Town.

If we do not have a Neighbourhood Plan, the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework will be used to determine planning applications.

With a Neighbourhood Plan, we also get a greater share of Community Infrastructure Levy monies to spend on community projects and priorities.

Who will pay for the Plan?

Funding is available to help support local communities producing Neighbourhood Plans, from both central government and various other sources, such as Locality and the National Lottery. The Town Council has been successful in securing some funding to help assist with the development of the Plan. More information about the work of Locality is available on their website.

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