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Parish Planning or Community Led Planning is a step-by-step structured process, through which local people are actively involved in creating a vision for their community; together with an action plan developed in order to achieve that vision.

The process is led by a parish planning group comprising mainly of volunteers from within the community itself.  The Parish Planning Group works closely with the Parish Council, and it is usual for up to 3 parish councillors to sit on the group. Representatives of community groups and also of local service providers are often included in the group.

The process involves using a mix of evidence collection, different types of consultation and debate at the very local neighbourhood level. It is designed to be a process in which each and every citizen can participate and each community will choose a range of methods which are most appropriate for their local situation. The resulting vision covers the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of the community and all those who live and work there.

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