Birmingham City Council

Neighbourhood Planning - The Process


The Localism Act sets out the Government policy of enabling local communities to prepare Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs), Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders for their area.

Below is a summary of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations which we will follow when assessing applications to undertake a Neighbourhood Development Plan.

If you are thinking about a Neighbourhood Development Plan, Neighbourhood Development Order or Community Right to Build Order contact us before making an application so we can help you through the process.

To make Neighbourhood Planning in Birmingham as open and inclusive as possible, we have a Protocol explaining the roles and responsibilities of both the City Council and the local community who wish to use neighbourhood planning to shape new development in their locality.

1: The application

2: Publicising an application

3: Evidence gathering and plan preparation

4: Submitting the NDP and associated information

5: Independent check and examination

6: The referendum

7: Decision on proposal

The adopted NDP will then help shape the area and guide new development, as it will be a key consideration when planning applications are submitted to us.

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Last Updated : 6th May 2014