The Great and Little Chesterford Neighbourhood Plan

The Two Parishes have agreed to produce a joint Neighbourhood Plan and have set up a small Neighbourhood Plan Working Group to lead this process. The Neighbourhood Plan will cover the whole area within the two Parishes. Communication with local residents is key throughout the process of collecting information and putting together the Plan. There will be a number of opportunities to get involved in the process either through joining the Working group, road walks to gather information, commenting on the document, taking photos etc.

What is a neighbourhood plan?


To assess character and set guidelines to influence what future development of the villages should look like.


A neighbourhood plan forms part of the local authority development plan (subject to an independent examination and support by local referendum). It  might also result in a ‘Neighbourhood Development Order’ which (subject to an independent examination and support by local referendum) will set out development proposals without the need to seek planning permission.

The document

It will be expected to include an audit of land use and infrastructure together with views and opinion about local need and aspirations for conservation and development. It results in policies on objectives for the area, infrastructure priorities, and a map outlining open space of community importance, assets of community value and locations for new development.

The neighbourhood plan process

A number of parishes across the district are preparing plans and statements. The Council has established an agreement with the Rural Community Council of Essex to support communities interested in community led planning. For further information on the support available please contact Jan Cole at RCCE on 01376 574330 or email

The Localism Act introduces a new right for a parish council or a neighbourhood forum to produce a ‘neighbourhood development plan’ setting out policies against which traditional planning applications could be judged. These policies could cover:

  • Planning objectives for the neighbourhood;
  • The broad planning context (e.g. transport connections), local facilities, services;
  • Key neighbourhood projects and infrastructure priorities;
  • Development management policies on housing, economic development, environment;
  • Site-specific policies on housing, economic development and environmental issues;
  • Changes in the coverage of some planning designations.