The Localism Act of 2012 gives towns and villages such as ours the opportunity to have a greater say in the future development of their area. This is done through a Neighbourhood Plan which defines such items as where we would like new housing to be built; the mix of housing types needed; the location of retail or commercial premises; green space to be protected; and the infrastructure needs to support growth of the town. A properly prepared and approved Neighbourhood Plan has legal status similar to the SODC’s Local Plan and will eventually sit alongside the Local Plan 2032 as a part of the Local Development Scheme.
A neighbourhood plan must meet the basic conditions and other matters set out in the Localism Act 2011, and it is the role of the independent examiner to test whether a neighbourhood plan meets these "basic conditions".
The basic conditions are:
Here are some links that may be useful to you:
Quick Guide to Neighbourhood Plans (Government publication):
How to shape where you live: a guide to neighbourhood planning (Council for the Protection of Rural England):