In 2011, the Localism Act introduced a new opportunity for local communities to shape their future formally as part of the planning system.
Neighbourhood Plans can be produced by Parish Councils, when they have gone through all the required steps and processes, they become part of the development plan for the area. This means that any planning applications will have to take account of policies contained within the Neighbourhood Plan. It also provides local people with a say on, among other things, protecting open spaces and retaining local character.
The plans have now been submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council planners for approval.
Later the documents will be sent to a Government appointed planning inspector to test the legality of the proposals before coming before Fairfield residents again at a referendum.
The Neighbourhood Plan document sets out the aims and ideals of the proposals and how they have been obtained.
The document can be downloaded here in Pdf format that can be read on computers or in iBooks or on a kindle on tablets.