Useful NP information

Information here might be useful for Task Groups researching specific things – the Dartington NP site has separate pages for each Task Group and now contains a wealth of information. 

Neighbourhood Plans need to be simple. Here’s a really good guide.

Here is the Locality Road mapan introductory guide to the Neighbourhood Planning process.

Here is a very useful guide to writing policies

The government issues regular bulletins which brings together all the policy developments and latest news on Neighbourhood Planning from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Click here for a link to the government website containing all the bulletins. These bulletins are more useful than their origin might imply.

Here’s a Friends of the Earth document exploring a green economy. Probably more for encouragement than for making Plan policies

The first Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted was for Eden in Cumbria. Here’s a link to their website which details the process and from which you can down load a copy of their Plan.

The St James district of Exeter also has a plan. See it here

Here’s the link to the Community Chartering Network

Government guidance on Neighbourhood Planning has had several revisions since the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was first introduced. Clicking here will take you to the website with the up to date guidance as of October 2014

Here’s a link to the NPPF as published in 2012 with footnotes added where there has been a revision to the Framework.

And St Ives is consulting on the first draft of its plan. Have a look

There’s also a dedicated Dartington NP website  – click the link or here’s the address  It has information on what the task groups are doing.

Nomis website address (nomis is the office for National Statistics)

This link takes you to the National Statistics: neighbourhood statistics site

On this site you can view a  profile of an area – regional, local authority and ward as determined by the census data (2011 is the most recent census data available). So you can type in a central Dartington postcode say TQ9 6TQ (the Shops at Dartington) and get data on key statistics – population, employment, qualifications, earnings, lone families, health, physical environment  (which includes the area of land and roads, but this is from 2005) etc etc. Fascinating, and perhaps useful.

The Woodland Trust has information on how to protect trees and open space using the Neigbourhood Planning process.

It says:

“The Independent Panel on Forestry recommends integrating tree and woodland strategies into local and neighbourhood plans. The report backs up our view that woods and trees should be considered more thoroughly throughout the planning process”.

Here’s a link to their website: