Neighbourhood Plans were introduced in the 2011 Localism Act as a means of giving people the opportunity to shape the development of their community. Through the plan, a range of parish-wide policies, covering topics like housing, business and environment, can be developed and agreed. Once agreed Neighbourhood Plan policies form part of the statutory planning framework, alongside those included in the Local Plan, which Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is currently updating. As with the Local Plan, the Markfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan will cover the period up to 2039.
Whilst Neighbourhood Plan policies must consider national planning policy guidance too, they should, at the same time, try and reflect the needs and desires of the local community. Markfield Parish Council agreed to establish and support a parish-wide steering group, to prepare its Neighbourhood Plan. Over the past 12 months, the Steering Group has held a series of consultations with the community and businesses to gather evidence for the plan.
The submission version of our plan can be viewed here.
Evidence used to produce the plan can be found here.
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The draft version of the plan can be viewed here.
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