The value of a NP is that local residents can give their deeper knowledge of the place, and important things to local people a strategically important place in the hierarchy of priorities in the system.
It is also important that the process allows local people to become experts in things of national importance, rated at a higher scale, usually, in political importance. The Localism Bill, if given due weight, can allow a better balance of the scale of priority of expenditure, for instance, to avoid self-important politicians diverting funds for their own self-glory.
An example, in this instance, is that local people, given access to expertise interpretation, (e.g. in DEFRA on rainfall, hydrology,) can keep detailed information at local level, and prepare flood risk information related to
topography, soils, and flood management history which will inform planning development control at a local level. This I see as main relevance of the Localism Bill. At present , none of the information is readily available, so we cannot test the development in locations proposed against flood risk before we start.
We must be careful to avoid the Localism Bill being a political ploy to make people think they are involved, when all that is
really happening is those who ought to be taking responsibility for informed decision-making are slipping away from taking responsibility for their decisions.
Malmesbury Neighbourhood Steering Group
What others are saying about our Draft Neighbourhood Plan Over 500 residents have already looked at the draft plan. These are the comments that they have made about it.
Our consultation runs from the 5th of March 2013 to April 26th 2013. These are the published comments received up to 08/03/13.
All comments below were submitted to this online feedback portal. We hold the identity and addresses for each submission and have decided not to publish them unless specifically requested by the person who submitted them.