Delivered to the residents of the Parish – 02/09/2016

Dear Resident of Bramham Parish,

We hope that you have heard by now of the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) for the Parish of Bramham cum Oglethorpe, which was launched by the Parish Council in 2011 by appointing a NP Steering Group to oversee the process of preparing a draft Plan. Work commenced in 2012, but had to be put on hold for almost 2 years while we concentrated on putting together plans to fight off the now withdrawn proposals for a development of some 3,000 houses on the Headley site.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan (NP)?
A NP is a new way for local people to influence the planning and development of the area in which they live and
work. It lasts for 15 years and should develop a shared vision for a town, village or parish; choose where new homes, offices and other developments should be built; influence how much housing should be built, and of what type; identify and protect important local green spaces or other treasured assets.

Once approved, our plan will have legal force in setting out what development is acceptable in our parish and for what reasons. Developers and local authority planners will have to take notice of it. Without a NP, we will have little control over any development that takes place and will receive less community funds from those developments. Our NP must comply with Leeds City Council’s Local Plan and the government’s wider policy of sustainable development. This means it is inevitable that some new housing will have to be built in Bramham Parish in the future. Having a NP in place will help us ensure that this housing is suitable for the parish and meets the needs of our area. It will also help us to identify the facilities and services that need to be in place to meet the demands that any new housing will make upon our community.

A Community Conference was held in May 2012 to inform residents and gather opinions. From the information then gathered, reviewed and updated since that time, the attached questionnaire was prepared for issue to all residents in order to format the NP itself. Everyone on the electoral roll in the village has the right to contribute towards the village NP so we need to find out everyone’s views. This is an ideal opportunity for you and your family to influence the outcome whilst also responding to some key issues raised within Leeds CC’s Core Strategy.