Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act in 2011.  The idea behind localism is that decision- making is shared – from national or local government to local communities. Parish councils can produce neighbourhood plans for their local areas, putting in place a future strategy, policies and projects.

Neighbourhood plans can provide for new facilities, or allocate sites for housing, employment, recreation or wildlife. It may deal with a wide range of issues (such as environment, design, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues only. If successful at referendum, a neighbourhood plan will become part of the statutory Development Plan for the area and be used by the parish council and Dover District Council to make planning decisions.

“Having Your Say” is an important part of forming our Langdon Neighbourhood Plan so we invite you to complete the Questionnaire which will be delivered to every household in the parish and available on-line here.  You are welcome to complete the on-line survey now or wait for the printed version to be delivered to your home.

We need all local households to respond to the questionnaire, so that findings are reflective of the parish views. The results from the survey will tell us which aspects of parish life are most important to local people and those areas where change is needed. The Parish Council will use the results to produce a neighbourhood plan setting out the key issues, policies and projects. We are very interested in hearing your views as this will help us prioritise those funds that become available, for example through contributions required from developers.

If you would like to be involved in shaping Langdon’s future by joining the planning group, please contact the parish council’s clerk at clerk@langdonpc.org.uk.