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Through the Localism Act in 2011, the government has given communities the right to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan (normally referred to as just 'Neighbourhood Plan'). These plans are intended to enable communities to have more say in guiding future development within their areas.
Neighbourhood Plans can be prepared by a town or parish council, or, when neither of these is present, a Neighbourhood Forum can be set up.
A Neighbourhood Plan will need to go through a formal examination process, before a referendum is held in the Neighbourhood Area. If the community vote for the plan, it will be formally adopted by the council as part of the Development Plan and used in the decision making process.
The Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews (FOFS) have worked closely with us to produce the Inner East Preston Neighbourhood Plan. This now forms part of the development plan for Preston.
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