The Localism Act gives local communities greater control over the development of their areas. It enables a community, be it a group of residents, employees or businesses, to have a say in where new development should go, what it should look like and also the power to grant planning permission.
Neighbourhood planning can cover any one of these three distinct areas:
Neighbourhood Development Plan
- Communities can use a neighbourhood plan to create a vision for their area, establishing general planning policies for the development and use of land. This could be where new homes should be built and what types of materials should be used, or where public open space should be located and how it will be maintained. The plan must conform to the local planning authority's adopted Local Plan 1999-2006 and emerging Local Plan 2012-2028, and as such cannot be used to reduce the amount or type of development currently planned for.
- For those who have submitted an application to designate a Neighbourhood Development Plan area, please see the list below:
The Council will use the comments to decide on whether the area submitted for the neighbourhood plan is suitable or not. Please be aware that all comments received will be made available to the public to view.
Neighbourhood Development Order
- Communities will have the power to grant planning permission for certain types of development in their area, such as residential extensions, without the need to seek formal planning permission. As with a Neighbourhood Plan, a Neighbourhood Development Order must meet certain conditions, such as conforming to national policies and strategic local policies. It must also gain a majority vote at a referendum.
Community Right to Build Order
- This is a type of Neighbourhood Development Order which enables a community, such as a community interest company or community land trust to bring forward specific developments within their area. Any benefits which these schemes bring will remain within the community to be used for maintaining or enhancing community facilities.
Neighbourhood Plans will be prepared by Parish or Town Councils. The District Council will also provide help with preparing a plan, such as sharing evidence or providing advice on planning policies. Help may also be sought from the County Council if the Neighbourhood Plan deals with issues relating to highways or education.
The following links provide further information on Neighbourhood planning, each one opening in a new window.
- DCLG An Introduction to Neighbourhood Planning
- DCLG Neighbourhood Planning Guide
- PAS Neighbourhood Planning - A Simple Guide for Councillors
- PAS Neighbourhood Planning - Guide for Ward Councillors
- PAS Neighbourhood Planning - Frequently Asked Questions
- DCLG A Plain English Guide to the Localism Act 2011
- PAS Neighbourhood Plan Making Case Studies