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Neighbourhood Plan

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The Neighbourhood Plan is a document that is written by and for the community to help guide future development within the Parish of Great Barton. It will explain what the residents and businesses expect to see happen in the Parish. It will help us to ensure that we get the right sort of development that will protect and enhance the character of our village and still meet the needs of our growing population. 

Once the final document is written and has passed all of the relevant checks you will be asked to vote on it. If 50% of those that vote agree that it is acceptable it will become an official document (a made Plan) that will be used to determine planning applications against. This is an important document and it is important that we get it right. Your help in that process is appreciated.


 Thank you to all those that came to our exhibition on 21 April 2018 and for taking the time to make your views known.

The exhibition material can be viewed below.

The results will be posted on this website.

Exhibition Material

To see possible sites 


Results of Household Questionnaire: Many thanks to all those residents who completed the Neighbourhood Plan Household Questionnaire. There was a great response. 1042 questionnaires were returned. The data have now been inputted and analysed and the views expressed can be viewed in the Evidence section of the Neighbourhood Plan under the following headings

You and Great Barton


Business and Employment

Character and Environment

Community Facilities 


If you have any questions about the results please email the Neighbourhood Plan Clerk on


Berkeley Homes Development: Representatives from Berkeley Homes Group attended the December 2017 meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group to give an update of their plans for the development of the site on the east side of the A143, south of junction with The Avenue and north of the railway line. A copy of their presentation  and plan can be found alongside the Action Points of the December meeting. There is still further work is to be done to enable them to submit a planning application in Spring 2018. They also intend to hold a Public Consultation prior to the submission to enable residents to view their proposals. 

Neighbourhood Plan Grant: The Parish Council has been awarded a Neighbourhood Plan grant of £8661 for the financial year 2017/18 to help fund consultancy support for the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan, costs associated with the Questionnaire and the evaluation of the Housing Needs Survey.


NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN WORKING GROUP MEETING : Tuesday 4th December 2018 7.30pm to 9.30pm in The Community Room, Great Barton Village Hall.  If you would like to help develop the Neighbourhood Plan come along to the Working Group meeting. All are welcome to attend.

 The Agenda for next meeting.

Background to Neighbourhood Plans

A Neighbourhood Plan can:  

  • Decide where and what type of development should happen in the neighbourhood
  • Promote more development than is set out in the Local Plan
  • Include policies, for example regarding design standards, that take precedence over existing policies in the Local Plan for the neighbourhood - provided the Neighbourhood Plan policies do not conflict with the strategic policies in the Local Plan.
A Neighbourhood Plan cannot:
  • Conflict with the strategic policies in the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority, (St Edmundsbury Borough Council)
  • Be used to prevent development that is included in the Local Plan

Typical things that a Neighbourhood Plan might include:

  • The development of housing, including affordable housing, and bringing vacant or derelict housing back into use.
  • Provision for businesses to set up or expand their premises.
  • Transport and access (including issues around roads, cycling, walking and access for disabled people).
  • The development of schools, places of worship, health facilities, leisure and entertainment facilities, community and youth centres and village halls.
  • The restriction of certain types of development and change of use, for example to avoid too much of one type of use.
  • The design of buildings.
  • Protection and creation of open space, nature reserves, allotments, sports pitches, play areas, parks and gardens, and the planting of trees.
  • Protection of important buildings and historic assets such as archaeological remains.
  • Promotion of renewable energy projects, such as solar energy and wind turbines.

 The area involved in the Neighbourhood Plan is the Parish of Great Barton and this shows a map of this area.

This link shows what steps are involved in the Neighbourhood Plan process:- The Neighbourhood Plan steps and where we are towards adoption