Basildon Council has approved the creation of a fourth neighbourhood area in the borough

Basildon Council has approved the creation of a fourth neighbourhood area in the borough, which gives communities greater power to shape development by having a direct role in the development of planning policies at a local level.

On Thursday 22 November, the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee approved an application to designate the parished area of Noak Bridge as the Noak Bridge Neighbourhood Area following a four-week consultation.

Noak Bridge will now be able to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan which can set out general planning policies for the development and use of land. Noak Bridge Parish Council can also prepare Neighbourhood Development Orders which would grant automatic planning permission for specific types of development they want to see in their area, without the need for a traditional planning application.

A publication statement showing all the representations received during the consultation, the council’s decision notice and the application will be available to view at www.basildon.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning

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