The Localism Act 2011 gives the power to communities to draft their own neighbourhood plans. We are in the process of writing a proposed neighbourhood plan in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations to cover the ‘Hackbridge and Beddington Corner’ Neighbourhood Area. It will be compiled by an open group of residents and businesses who joined the Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group since 2011 to plan for positive change in the area.
In early 2011, Hackbridge was chosen as one of the original seventeen communities to be front-runners in the Government’s scheme to encourage planning at a neighbourhood level. This ‘Neighbourhood Planning’ is a new way for people to decide the future of the places where they live and work. For example communities will be able to:-
- Establish planning policies for the development and use of land
- Choose where new homes, shops and offices are built
- Have their say on what those new buildings should look like
A re-visioning day held in All Saints Church in November 2011, was an attempt to capture peoples concerns for the area, publicise the Neighbourhood Planning Group and build on the consultation carried out for the writing of the Hackbridge Masterplan. Since then, the Group have been working towards producing this draft Neighbourhood Plan, in constant consultation and engagement with the Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Community. In June 2012 the Group submitted its formal application to Sutton Council to be formally designated as Neighbourhood Planning Group and have the area designated as a Neighbourhood Planning Area. Following public consultation, this was approved by Sutton Council in September 2012.
The Plan will build upon the past work and community engagement that has been carried out in Hackbridge over the last few years. The plan is nearly at ‘draft’ stage and will need YOUR views before it can be examined and, if supported at referendum, ends up as part of Sutton Council’s wider planning strategy.
Our Neighbourhood Plan will cover the area of Hackbridge, including Beddington Corner and will run to 2026. However, the initiative cannot succeed without your involvement and approval. The plan will also need to be checked by an inspector to ensure that it is sound in planning terms. If approved by the Hackbridge and Beddington Corner community, the plan will form part of the local planning framework and help guide and control development.
We – anybody who lives or works in Hackbridge and Beddington Corner – have the power to shape our area as we want. The aspirations of the Plan are to work towards a happy, healthy place to live and work.
“Your, my, our Hackbridge. All having a hand in the process”