Parish Plans grew out of the “Rural White Paper” published by the Government in 2000.
The Concept was developed by the Countryside Agency within the “Vital Villages”
scheme, offering a range of grants and advice to help rural communities take action
for themselves on issues such as transport and community activities. In recent years
they have been given fresh support by national and local government and are now recognised
as a valuable process for communities to set out a vision for their future.
A Parish Plan achieves the following:
Parish Plan is a consultation document that identifies what people value and want
to preserve in the parish, also what they would like to change.
It explores ways to improve the parish and the lives of those who live and work in
it and turns these ideas into an action plan.
It will be a useful guide for local projects and a point of reference when seeking
funds or assistance from outside agencies, it will also act as a reference document
for statutory bodies when making decisions and policies that effect the parish.
Finally a Parish Plan provides a “snap shot” of life in the parish today that will
become a historical record for the future.