Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are considering a proposal to merge, creating a new District Council covering the whole of South Warwickshire (the areas currently covered by Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils).
The public consultation on the plans to create a South Warwickshire Council starts this week on Monday 6 September and runs until Sunday 24 October.
The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at: www.southwarwickshire.org.uk
The government has put together a range of specialist support to help community groups through the processes of neighbourhood planning. The advice ranges from setting up a group and developing a proposal through to the delivery of the plan.
The government has also provided guidance explaining the neighbourhood planning system.
We can also provide a consultation and local survey service to any community wanting to make progress on their parish or neighbourhood plans.
Locality is a national network of community-led organisations and associate members. It has published a Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap Guide that may be useful to local communities who are considering whether to produce a neighbourhood plan.
The Royal Town Planning Institute offers planning advice and support to communities through its Planning Aid service.
The Planning Advisory Service provides help, advice, support and training to local government officers and councillors. They have produced a number of useful guides, listed below.
Warwickshire County Council's Natural Environment, Historic Environment and Landscape service can provide support and advice to communities preparing Neighbourhood Plans. It has produced a leaflet outlining its services.
The CABE Team at the Design Council offers free tailored support to community groups involved in neighbourhood planning.
ACRE provides information on community-led planning on its website and through its local member organisations (Warwickshire Rural Community Council is the relevant body for our area).
Historic England encourages community groups to consider their local heritage and the historic environment's role in neighbourhood planning. Historic England and English Heritage have produced several guidance documents.
The Woodland Trust's Neighbourhood Planning Hub outlines the benefits that trees bring to a neighbourhood and how to promote them in a plan.
The above organisations have produced joint advice on how communities can consider the natural environment in their neighbourhood plan.
For further information: please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.