Although the Government’s intention is for local people to decide what goes on in their towns, the Localism Act sets out some important laws. One of these is that all Neighbourhood Plans must be in line with higher level planning policy. That is, Neighbourhood Plans must be in line with the National Planning Policy Framework (otherwise known as the NPPF) and local policy, in particular Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Core Strategy. The Core Strategy requires Market Bosworth to provide a minimum of 110 new homes. The Localism Act allows the Plan to provide more than this number of houses but it does not allow the Plan to provide for less. Read more about the Localism Act here.
Neighbourhood Plans must be in line with European Regulations on strategic environmental assessment and habitat regulations.
The Market Bosworth NDP is being prepared with the intention of conforming to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) of March 2012 and the Hinckley & Bosworth Local Development Framework Core Strategy (H&BLDFCS) adopted in 2009
The NPPF gives the following guidance about the scope of NDPs: “Outside these strategic elements (in the Core Strategy), neighbourhood plans will be able to shape and direct sustainable development in their area”. The NDP also takes into account especially paragraphs 69-77 of the NPPF which address the planning objectives of “Healthy Communities”. A theme is the creation, enhancement and protection of a “network of vibrant urban villages … (with) a thriving mix of local amenities and sustainable uses”. Hence the fundamental aim of the Market Bosworth NDP is to promote a sustainable and healthy community.