What is the Wells Neighbourhood Plan and why should you care?

15036664_10211308190124917_3225563041286363626_nA Neighbourhood Plan is a new way for local communities to have more say about the future of where they live and work. Nationally, the legislation around this is supported by the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and Green parties. Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been set up communities will be able to: 




  • choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built 
  • have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided 
  • grant planning permission for the new buildings that the community want to see go ahead for the benefit of the local area

County and district planners and private developers must take account of Neighbourhood Plans as they have teeth and legal weight – whereas at the moment recommendations made at the local level are often ignored, however the Wells City Council Planning Committee is making the following recommendation tomorrow (Thursday) at the Full Council meeting, starting 7pm at the Town Hall.


With sadness, because of concerns and lack of finance, this committee recommends to the Council that the current Wells Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group be discontinued. 

If you’d like to know more and/or have your say, why not come along to tomorrow’s Council meeting. You should arrive promptly at 7.00pm, visitors are always welcome and if you feel passionately about this issue, you will have the opportunity to have your say.