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.
What is self-build and custom build?
Self-build housing usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home.
What is the purpose of the register?
The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. This register will provide an indication of the demand for self/custom build in the borough and allow the Council to develop its housing and planning policies to support the kinds of self and custom build projects that would be most appropriate.
Registering your interest in self and custom build
If you would like to register your interest, please complete the registration form
How we will use information from the register?
By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom build plots in the borough, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.
We shall use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available. The Council are exploring opportunities to make land available for self-build and custom house building.
We will not pass identifiable information from the Register onto anyone outside the Council without the written consent of the person who registered their details.
If you require any further information, please contact the Economic Strategy and Spatial Planning Team.