Welcome to the Potton Neighbourhood Plan website.

You have probably seen us at the various community events in Potton over the last three years and we’d like to give you a brief outline of what exactly a Neighbourhood Plan is and how the steering group, led by Potton Town Council, are working on producing Potton’s development plan until 2035.

What is a neighbourhood plan?

A neighbourhood plan is a plan drawn up by a community that sets out a shared vision, policies and proposals to shape future growth and development of the local area. Once agreed by Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) and ratified by a referendum by the residents of Potton, the Neighbourhood Plan will become a statutory document which means that by law it has to be taken into account by CBC when planning applications are being determined.

A Neighbourhood Plan:

  • Allows people to have a say on where new homes, shops, businesses and community facilities should go and what they should look like.
  • Gives people the opportunity to identify and help protect areas of green space that are of particular importance to them.
  • Cannot stop development but it can guide or encourage further development.

Why produce a neighbourhood plan?

A neighbourhood plan can give people real power to shape the development and growth of their local area. There are many potential benefits of a neighbourhood plan in terms of outcomes and also the process of preparing one. For example, a neighbourhood plan can:

  • Give local people greater ownership of the planning policies in their area
  • Allow a community to set out where development should go and what it should look like
  • Bring the community together to share ideas and build consensus about the needs and priorities for the area;
  • Help create lasting partnerships to take forward actions that may arise from the process;
  • Raise awareness and understanding of planning;
  • Improve relationships between the community and the Town Council;
  • Provide a detailed evidence base about the community;
  • Inform local authority strategies

Latest updates

A resounding YES vote in the referendum – 96% supported our Neighbourhood Plan

This shows that the Neighbourhood Plan has strong support in the Potton Parish and we now have a mandate to set about fulfilling the Town’s Vision for 2016-2035

Next Steps

The steering group has produced a Neighbourhood Plan Compliance Checklist, which will be used by Potton Town Council to assess any new development proposals. You can download this checklist from our Supporting Documents page.
front-coverThe Potton Neighbourhood Plan and the eight supporting annexes to the Plan can be found in the Neighbourhood Plan section of this website: