A village plan (also called a community plan or a parish plan) tackles social, economic and environmental themes that residents themselves have decided are important.
- are always developed by residents, working closely with local authorities and service providers
- can be produced by any community group, not just the parish council, although it is always best work together
- can be used as an action plan, a way of getting organised, raising money and implementing projects
- on their own do not have legal weight, but can be used to develop a neighbourhood plan or supplementary planning guidance
- can be a ‘material consideration’ and used by the Authority in its planning decisions. The more closely a village plan aligns and adds detail to National Park planning policies, and the more that it demonstrates broad community involvement and a consensus of opinion, the more weight it can be given. Find out more about material planning considerations on the Royal Town Planning Institute's website.
Village plans and conservation areas
Many villages in the national park have a Conservation Area. Once a Conservation Area Appraisal has been undertaken by the Authority, that identifies special architectural and historic qualities, we can work with residents to produce a Conservation Area Management Plan.
This identifies issues that impact on the special qualities, and shows how they can be retained and enhanced. Or, with our help, you could ‘integrate’ conservation management into your village plans.