Frome Neighbourhood Plan

Description

frome-neighbourhood-planTetlow King Planning (TKP) advised Frome Town Council on the drafting of its Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood Plans form a cornerstone of the Localism Act 2011 and current Government planning policy.

Frome Town Council made a successful bid to be one of the DCLG’s funded Neighbourhood Plan frontrunners. The Town Council moved forward to establish the foundations of a plan which reflects the wishes of the local community.

At the time Frome benefited from having a community strategic plan (Vision for Frome), Mendip District Council’s draft Core Strategy, the Town Council Strategic Plan and a draft Design Statement for Frome. These documents were used by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to compile a list of identified priorities. These priorities were then tested using a Citizens’ Panel, a small representative group of people, to ensure that the identified priorities are still relevant.

TKP’s brief was to help to draft policies that:

  • Are in broad conformity with the policies contained within the existing Mendip District Local Plan;
  • Develop the strategic components of the then emerging Mendip District Local Plan;
  • Respond to the agreed vision and strategic objectives and the final feedback report from the Citizens’ Panel meetings; and
  • Set down the key components of development and land use that the Neighbourhood Plan will support and the criteria that will be used to decide whether a development proposal is likely to be acceptable or not.

Robin Tetlow, Chairman, commented that the company was:

“Very pleased to be involved in this exciting initiative which it is at the cutting edge of current planning policy and practice.”

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Client

Frome Town Council

Local Authority

Mendip District Council