Neighbourhood planning

We are currently receiving a high number of planning applications which is resulting in delays to our usual response times. We are determining applications and responding to enquiries in the order they are received. We will respond as soon as possible.

The Localism Act 2011 introduced rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development. Within these, communities (parish councils and neighbourhood forums) are able to develop Neighbourhood Development Plans and under certain circumstances are able to grant Neighbourhood Development Orders or progress development under Community Right to Build Orders.

The key theme is using local knowledge and research to develop policies and orders to support development of the built environment within local communities.

Neighbourhood Development Plans

Neighbourhood Development Plans provide an opportunity for local communities to develop a vision and specific planning policies for their neighbourhood. They can provide much greater detail of the neighbourhood than that included within the Local Plan.

Neighbourhood Development Plans could include policies around:

where new homes, shops and offices should go

which green spaces should be protected

what new development should look like.

Neighbourhood Development Plans provide the chance to be positive about the changes you would like to see happen in your area.

It is important to note that these are development plans and will need to:

have regard to national planning policy

be in general conformity with strategic policies within the Local Plan

be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements.

If your parish or local community wishes to consider creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan, contact Planning Policy , by emailing or telephoning 01283 595820.