Bilbrook Neighbourhood Plan
Bilbrook Parish Council is considering the need to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan document to set out the Village’s wishes in terms of infrastructure, facilities and future development.
Parish Councils are being encouraged to set out Neighbourhood Plans that demonstrate how communities would like to improve the villages and their surroundings in the future. It will also help provide some protection to this village when it comes to unwanted over-development, protecting open spaces and support the need for infrastructure improvements.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan? It is a document that describes the desired plans for a village over a 5-10 year period and contains the areas that village residents feel are important and specifies what the majority of resident want. It covers topics such as housing and development, schooling and amenities, environmental protection, transport and highways, to name but a few.
The document requires considerable consultation with everyone in the village, planning and work to bring it all together. The challenge, once the village has agreed on its content, is then to have South Staffs District Council approve it. Once approved, it means that it provides some protection against the things we don’t want in the village and support towards getting the things we do.
It is worth noting that the Plan is not a way to get property building through and pass unwanted schemes in the village without consultation. Equally, it can not stop development that is already planned.
What happens now? We would like to hear from everyone in the village to see if everyone thinks it’s a good idea to have a Neighbourhood Plan. Once we have consulted the village, it will indicate whether this is something that we should then action, setting up a working group to manage the project and starting the next stage of actual consultation.
Should you feel that we should have a Neighbourhood Plan, we’d like to hear from you. Equally, we’d also like to know why you think we should not have one.
If you would like to know more about what a Neighbourhood Plan is, you can find out more on the website set up for parishes and town councils to: What is Neighbourhood Planning?.
Please email or write to us with your views.