The future of Fenny Compton

What do you think Fenny Compton will be like in 15 years? Where will people live? What will be the average age of residents? What amenities will there be and where will people work? What will residents do in their spare time?

The way to shape Fenny Compton’s future is by having a Neighbourhood plan. Starting in January 2017, a group of volunteers has planning a consultation with local people to find out how they would like to see Fenny Compton in the 2030s.

Over the next two years, the findings will inform the content of the draft of Fenny Compton’s Neighbourhood Plan.

The background

Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and gives communities the opportunity to shape where they live.

In 2016, Fenny Compton Parish Council took the decision to prepare a Neighbourhood development plan.

After an initial consultation, the Parish Council applied to Stratford District to seek approval for the whole of the Fenny Compton parish area to be designated as a Neighbourhood plan area.

Neighbourhood Planning

The application was approved, which gave Fenny Compton the green light to proceed with producing its own neighbourhood development plan.

Why Fenny Compton needs a neighbourhood development plan

Preparing a neighbourhood development plan means Fenny Compton residents and workers have the opportunity to influence the future development and use of land in the village. Neighbourhood development plans establish general planning policies that have to be considered by local authorities when determining planning applications.

The Fenny Compton community can use the neighbourhood plan to:

  • Influence the design of new buildings
  • Have a say on facilities and infrastructure
  • Preserve local green space

Neighbourhood plans must meet the needs of the wider area. They are not a tool for preventing development.

Parishes with neighbourhood plans receive more community infrastructure levy arising from developments in their area than those without.

How Fenny Compton’s neighbourhood plan is being prepared

In November 2016, Fenny Compton residents were invited to a meeting to find out more about neighbourhood planning. Following this event, a good number of people agreed to be involved in putting together a neighbourhood plan.

Fenny Compton’s neighbourhood plan is being prepared by volunteers who have formed an independent group called the Fenny Compton Neighbourhood Plan (FCNP) Group.

Members of the FCNP Group operate within an agreed set of Terms of Reference.


There are several stages involved in putting together a neighbourhood plan. These include:

  • Agreeing the geographical area
  • An initial scoping consulation
  • Detailed reports and assessments
  • In-depth consultation
  • Draft plan
  • Referendum
  • Ratification by Stratford District