Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning is a process where communities can come together and prepare plans that will guide the type of development they would like to see in their area. We will offer technical guidance and assistance, but the local community will be the driving force, and take responsibility for writing a Neighbourhood Plan document.

Once ideas and proposals have been generated by a recognised Neighbourhood Forum or Parish Council, and consulted on locally, an independent examiner will check that the proposals follow local and national policy and that they are deliverable. The plan will then be put to a referendum, and people on the local electoral register in the plan area can vote on the proposals.

If the majority of people vote in favour, we'll approve the proposals as a Neighbourhood Development Plan. It will then be used to determine planning applications for development in the area.

If you'd like to create a Neighbourhood Plan for your area, please contact us or see the government’s My Community website for more resources and guidance.