A Neighbourhood Plan is an evidence based document. In other words, any policies that are developed as part of the plan must have evidence behind them. It is not good enough to say that you have a policy because you think that is what people want, you must be able to show evidence that you know that people want it. If, for example, you have identified a need for starter homes at a particular location because there are a lot of young families who would otherwise not be able to afford to live in the area, you must provide the evidence behind this.
Research and evidence are what the Neighbourhood Plan will live or die by. When it reaches the independent examination stage if insufficient evidence is shown to support a particular policy or statement, the plan is likely to fail. The Research and Evidence Group is headed up by Iain Pavely. This is one of the most important aspects of developing a Neighbourhood Plan and there is a lot of work to be done. If you would be like to get involved in the GPNP and join this incredibly interesting area of research and evidence gathering, you can contact us via the contact page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.