Information about what one is, how they are created, the benefits, how much does it cost, how many is there in the East Riding, linking into the planning system and how to find out more information.
A community led parish plan is a statement of how the community itself sees itself developing over the next few years. It is a living document that develops over time reflecting the views of the community as a whole and contains an action plan which identifies practical steps that can be taken to help the community achieve its vision for the future.
As individuals we all have views about the place in which we live and work including:
The creation of a community led parish plan allows for all of the people at the most local level to come together voice their opinions and create a document which is a collective voice for that community.
A community led parish plan is created by consulting with local residents, local businesses and people who come to work in the community.
Usually a public meeting is held to introduce the community led parish planning idea to people and from this meeting a small steering group of volunteers come forward to devise and carry out the community consultation.
You can view the plans below, if a plan you are looking for is not listed please contact a member of the rural team for assistance.
There are numerous benefits that can be derived from the creation of a community led plan including:
The main cost involved in the creation of a community led parish plan is the community consultation. How much this costs depends on the methods used and the size of the community. Common consultation methods include:
The costs involved include materials, venues, refreshments and publicity.
In addition once the plan has been completed a published version is created for distribution. The cost of this varies on format, design, number of pages and the numbers printed.
Money to cover the cost usually comes from the following sources:
For further advice on costs and funding please use the general enquiry form on the right hand side of this page.
East Riding has 171 parish councils of which over 50 have been involved in the Community Led Parish Planning process.
Community led parish plans are living documents that require review and refreshment every few years as actions are completed and the resident population in an area changes and develops. The origins of the parish planning process date back to the 1970's and the parish plans in the East Riding vary in format and timeframe covered.
You can obtain a copy of a Community Led Parish Plan by using the general enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.
Alternatively, you can use the parish council finder to link to a parish council website where the plans can be found.
A community led parish plan is not directly linked to the planning system as the issues that it covers can be on any topic from the communities aspirations for more activities to take place in the village hall to access to employment.
The planning system is specifically about land use and how the land available in settlements can be utilised and developed. Where a community led parish plan can aid the planning systems is when it provides evidence of residents views on issues such as affordable housing, conservation areas and other land use issues. A community led parish plan is not a formal planning document but can be used as a source of information when planning officers are preparing reports.
Community led parish plans are closely related to village design statements which can be formally adopted by the planning authority as a supplementary planning document. A village design statement is a statement is about the distinctive character of a parish or settlement and how any new developments should reflect that character in their design and the materials used for construction. However, it should be noted that a village design statement is not related to decisions about whether or not development within a settlement can take place.
A new initiative included in the governments Localism Act 2011 allows communities to create a vision and planning polices for the use and development of land within a defined geographic area. This is called a Neighbourhood Development Plan and further details can be found by following the link to the appropriate page.
A community led parish plan can act as the first step in helping a community decide whether or not the creation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan would be appropriate
Department for Communities and Local Government (external website, opens in new window)
Advice and support to communities wishing to undertake community led parish plans is from two main sources.
Humber and Wolds Rural community council provide presentations outlining the community led parish planning process,general advice, equipment loan and officer support to individuals and communities. Further information can be found on their website.
Humber and Wolds rural community council - about us (external website)
The rural policy and partnership service within the council has a dedicated rural communities officer who's role is to support communities wishing to undertake community led parish plans. Please complete the general enquiry form on the right hand side of the page for further information.