What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
The Neighbourhood Plan for Newmarket will contain a set of policies aimed at managing change and growth in the town. It is a positive way in which the local community can shape how the town grows so that the character of and quality of life within Newmarket are maintained or even improved.
The Neighbourhood Plan will sit alongside the District Council’s Local Plan. The District Council’s Local Plan will set out the strategic policies for planning for the whole of the District of Forest Heath.
The power to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan and the various rules and criteria are set out in the Localism Act and the National Planning Policy Framework.
Who is responsible for the preparation of the Newmarket Neighbourhood Plan?
Newmarket Town Council has set up a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. The Steering Group consists of Town Councillors, residents and business owners with an interest in the future of Newmarket. The Steering Group meets on a monthly basis and reports directly to the Town Council.
Localism isn’t about top down government. It is about us telling them what we want for our town.
Greg Clarke, Minister for Planning, has written in his foreword to the National Planning Framework (NPPF) that “we are allowing people and communities back into planning”. The Newmarket Neighbourhood Plan is our chance to have an important role in the planning process, with policies which must be taken into account by law.
However, for us to arrive at policies which best reflect what people in the town need and want, we need you to get involved. Don’t be one of those who say in a year’s time “who agreed to that?”
Consultation Workshops will be organised in the Wards within Newmarket. The dates of the workshops will be publicised on this website – so please look out for them.
Send your views to the NP Working Group
Write: Newmarket Town Council, Memorial Hall, High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8JP
One of the first steps in producing a Neighbourhood Plan is identifying the Designated Area to which the plan will apply once adopted. We are pleased to announce that following an extensive consultation process, Newmarket Town Council has resolved that the Designated Area will encompass the official town boundary with the exception of the Exning Cemetery located at Cemetery Hill. The application form to designate the area has been submitted to Forest Heath District Council, who will now carry out their own four week public consultation to give members of the public a further chance to have their say. This public consultation is due to take place at the beginning of November for a period of four weeks - so please look out for the consultation and please submit your comments directly to FHDC.
Following the success of the public consultation held on the Objectives for the Newmarket Neighbourhood Plan, further public consultations will be held as follows:-
Monday 30th November 2015 from 10.00am to 2.00pm at Tattersalls
Tuesday 1st December 2015 from 10.00am to 2.00pm at the Guineas Shopping Centre
If you wish to view the 'Draft Objectives' please click on the tab titled 'Draft Objectives'. Your views are very important to us - if you wish to submit your comments on the 'draft objectives' please click on the tab titled 'Neighbourhood Plan Feedback' form.