Neighbourhood planning is a way for your community to guide the future development of the places where you live and work. It's about promoting developments, such as new business premises, community facilities or housing.
It could help businesses to set up or expand their premises, or for the development of schools, places of worship, health facilities, leisure and entertainment facilities. Renewable energy projects, such as solar energy and wind turbines could also be encouraged. Valued open spaces, or historic buildings and other assets could be protected, and the design of new development could be influenced.
Most groups who are interested in neighbouring planning have a vision about how their neighbourhood will be in the future. Some people may want change, whilst others may want things to stay the same. The way your community approaches neighbourhood planning will depend on the issues you want to address and the resources you have available. It is likely to involve learning about development economics, site assessment and allocation, technical assessments and procedures, gathering and analysing and evidence base, as well as drafting the plan or order itself.
Neighbourhood planning isn't compulsory and Stockton Council will continue to plan for the whole of the Borough.
Neighbourhood planning can't be used to stop all new development and must accord with the rest of the Stockton-on-Tees Development Plan. It can't deal with minerals and waste issues, or major development projects such as road and rail networks or energy and water supply.
If you would like more information about starting neighbourhood planning in your area please contact the Economic Strategy and Spatial Planning Team.
The following neighbourhood areas have been designated in Stockton-on-Tees Borough:
Wynyard Neighbourhood Area
The Wynyard Neighbourhood Area was designated on 6 November 2013. Grindon Parish Council is the relevant body for this neighbourhood area; however Wynyard Residents Association will undertake most of the neighbourhood planning activities.
Egglescliffe and Eaglescliffe Neighbourhood Area
The Egglescliffe and Eaglescliffe Neighbourhood Area was designated on 6 November 2013. Egglescliffe and Eaglescliffe Parish Council is the relevant body for this neighbourhood area.
There is a wealth of information available to communities who are interested in neighbourhood planning:
We have also produced four fact sheets to explain in neighbourhood planning in more detail
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy that local authorities in England and Wales can prepare and adopt to raise funds to help pay for the infrastructure that is needed to support economic and social development in the Borough.
The Levy is made on new development, and will for the most part replace those contributions made by developers towards wider infrastructure such as transport, education, flood defences, community facilities, parks, green spaces and play spaces. Section 106 Agreements will be used to secure site specific mitigation and affordable housing.
Further information regarding the production and implementation of CIL will appear here.