Through the Localism Act the government has given local communities powers to have a direct say in the future development of their neighbourhood, parish or town.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a planning document that guides and shapes development in the local area and is created by local people. Neighbourhood Plans are about local development issues, for example where new homes should go, what developments should look like and policies to help retaining the characteristics of our Parish.
Wigginton, Hopwas and Comberford neighbourhood plan (lichfielddc.gov.uk)
Planning Authorities use our Neighbourhood Plan in conjunction with the Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to make planning decisions.
Lichfield District Council are the planning authority in our area, they are responsible for providing guidance and making decisions on Planning Applications. You can view information on the planning issues they are able to consider here: Comment on a planning application – What we can and can’t consider (lichfielddc.gov.uk)
The Parish Council are Statutory Consultees which means we are invited by the Planning Authority to comment upon planning issues for any planning application within our Parish (or which may have a significant impact upon the Parish).
Planning Applications from 1997 onwards can be found here: Simple Search (lichfielddc.gov.uk)
If a comment has been made by the Parish Council it can be found as a document under the Planning Application it relates to.
For further information on planning matters please refer to Lichfield District Council Planning and building control (lichfielddc.gov.uk)
Their Local Plan documents can be viewed here: Adopted local plan (lichfielddc.gov.uk)
An online version of the NPPF can be viewed here: National Planning Policy Framework – Guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)