Name: Neighbourhood Plans and Community Involvement
Description: Neighbourhood Plans and Community Involvement

Neighbourhood Plans and Community Involvement

Neighbourhood Planning for your local community

A Neighbourhood Development Plan has been drafted by Stone (covering the whole of the Parish). This Plan http://www.stoneneighbourhoodplan.uk was subject to a public consultation which closed on 12th April 2019.

Please note that this document has NOT been prepared by Dartford Borough Council. Comments should be made, as set out in the web link, to Stone Parish. In order to assist, Dartford Borough Council has prepared a screening opinion to consider whether the draft Stone Neighbourhood Plan requires a Strategic Environmental Assessment PDF, 997.62 KB and/or a Habitats Regulation Assessment.

All local communities have powers to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for their own area: Further information and guidance can be found here. A Neighbourhood Plan has the potential - subject to successful examination by an independent Inspector, and a local referendum – to become part of the statutory Development Plan.

For more about powers to neighbourhoods: support is available for 'localism', or see official guidance on the range of community powers (planning and non-planning related) available. Communities can also seek to directly control of Assets of Community Value through the Community Right to Bid.

Neighbourhood Factsheets

Profiles have been prepared for different neighbourhood areas within the borough, these outline statistics for population, economy  and housing. Also included are 2017 Policies Map designations and information on the character and services in the area and at key settlements.

The Borough's Statement of Community Involvement in Planning

A Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how planning will involve the public. Following local community engagement, the Council adopted (December 2017) a new SCI. PDF, 1964.72 KB

This will guide opportunities for public input to planning decisions, particularly in preparing a new Local Plan.

Your contact information and interest in Borough consultations

It is easy to let us know that you would or would not like to be kept informed of planning policy consultations and updates. Please complete this online form and let us know your opt-in or opt-out preferences. Alternatively another way to let us know you would not like us to have your details (you will no longer be contacted) is simply email stating so to: localplan@dartford.gov.uk or call 01322 343213 to find out more.

Planning Aid provides free independent advice on a range of general planning matters to community groups and members of the public.

Last Updated: 02nd December 2019 Print Link