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

Potton Town Council has now assumed responsibility for managing and implementing the Potton Neighbourhood Plan (PNP). To do this, their committee structure has been revised in order to oversee the PNP Policies. The committees are now:
  • Planning Committee – responsible for the Housing Policies
  • Environmental Committee – responsible for the Environment Policies
  • Infrastructure Committee – responsible for the Community Infrastructure, Local Employment and Industries, and Transport Policies.
  • Management Committee – responsible for having an oversite of progress on implementing the PNP Policies, in liaison with the other committees.
There will be a report on the Potton Neighbourhood Plan at the Annual Town Council Meeting on 27th April.

Next Steps

The Environmental Committee a currently working with Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) and Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) to produce a Potton Green Wheel Masterplan. The draft is available to download from the Supporting Documents page.

There will be a public consultation on the draft Potton Green Wheel Masterplan during the period 24th May 2021 to 5th July 2021, during which there will be two information drop-in sessions.
There is now 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: