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What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a new way for local people to influence the planning and development of the area in which they live and work. You have an opportunity to shape the future of Ringwood in a way that benefits the local community.

Put simply, a Neighbourhood Plan is:

  • A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area – planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications.
  • Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
  • A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.

The Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is putting together a Neighbourhood Plan for our parish, supported by the Ringwood Town Council. Local residents, businesses and those who work in the town are vital to this and we will be working to understand your views and priorities throughout the process.

What area does the Neighbourhood Plan cover?

The neighbourhood area is outlined in the map below. It covers the same area at the civil parish of Ringwood, enabling all residents who are entitled to vote to participate in the eventual referendum.

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