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Prepared by the community via the Leiston Neighbourhood Plan Group (LNPG), the Neighbourhood Plan seeks to establish a vision for the future of the parish and to set out how that vision will be realised. This will be achieved through controlling what developments take place and where.
The Neighbourhood Plan was instigated by the town council from a public meeting. To begin with, residents volunteered for groups which interested them, such as housing, welfare, transport, education, employment, and health. Then each group surveyed the townsfolk on their areas of interest and reported back to the central group.
After months of deliberation, debate and discussion, the full Neighbourhood Plan was agreed. Finally, this was taken to the District Council who vetted it and assessed its contents to ensure it did not conflict with the District Council's Neighbourhood Plan.
It was then returned to Town Council to put it to all town residents to vote on. Once voted on and accepted by the residents, it became a legal document by which all planning and development that is put forward for the town has to meet the details in the Neighbourhood Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan is therefore the document that drives the Leiston Community Land Trust regeneration.