Neighbourhood Plans and Village Envelopes are often positioned as a means of communities taking control of development in their area. However, they are not designed to take into account the cumulative effects of development on a village. This is why we believe that they need to work alongside a Landscape Protection Policy.
Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.
They are developed as a reflection of the Local Plan – so anything in the Local Plan must also be in the Neighbourhood Plan. Communities highlight where development is acceptable and how far their village can develop. They can also prescribe the type and style of housing, shops & offices that should be allowed in their area. These documents tell Councils where a community is happy for development to go.
A Neighbourhood Plan does not protect against the gradual erosion of the rural setting or the village way of life.
It does not protect wildlife or resist the effects of constant building.
It may highlight the need for better infrastructure to support further development.
It does not take account of the cumulative effects of successive building, nor does consider cumulative impacts from a single development; increase in traffic, noise, light and how that will change what it is like to live in a place.
These are boundaries drawn on a map, usually drawn up as part of local planning, which shows the current outline of urbanisation within a rural setting, not including gardens. If a new development is approved adjacent to the Village Envelope, then it is simply redrawn.