Neighbourhood Plans are a refreshingly new way for local people to shape
the future planning of their village or neighbourhood. They are “can-do” plans.
All ages and groups of people in the community can have a real say on important
The Neighbourhood Plan gives us the opportunity to create a shared and sustainable vision of how we’d like our village to be over the next 15 years or so; to ensure that any new development or change fits in and contributes to the well-being of the village; and to conserve the village character and sense of belonging that we so value, especially here in Boston Spa. A Plan will help us to manage any pressures for change positively, for the good of the community. It’s about making the village an even better place, for us and future generations.
Neighbourhood Plans, and the consultation process that brings them into
being, are prepared under Regulation 15 of the Government’s Neighbourhood
Planning (General) Regulations 2012. Our Plan covers the whole of Boston Spa
Parish. All Neighbourhood Plans must be in line with the local council’s
overall planning policies, in our case Leeds City Council. However, such Plans
are new and different because, more than ever before, the community is at the
heart of the decision-making process. Our Plan has its own distinctive local
policies, with legal standing, that must be taken into account in any planning