Sedgeford council secures neighbourhood plan development grant

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Residents will be asked for their views on how their village should develop, after community leaders secured a £5,000 grant to help draw up a neighbourhood plan.

Many communities across West Norfolk are already in the process of drawing up similar documents, which are intended to give local people a greater input into planning decisions.

Now, Sedgeford’s parish council has announced it has been awarded a grant by Groundwork UK, a charity which works to support community initiatives.

The award of just over £5,000 covers a six month period from now until October.

Parish council chairman Sue Crump said: “This is very welcome funding as we embark on the next phase in the development of our neighbourhood plan.

“Part of the grant will be spent on printing a questionnaire, to go to all who live or work in the village.

“Feedback from these questionnaires will then inform the first draft of our plan.

“It will also enable us to commission a consultant with specialist knowledge and experience to support our working group, especially with the more technical aspects of this project.”

Neighbourhood plans have to be consulted upon, examined by a government inspector and approved in a local referendum before they come into force.

Once a plan is implemented, planning authorities are obliged to take it into account when determining local planning applications.