Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood Development Plans are voluntary local planning policy documents for local communities to help shape developments in their area.

The Localism Act has introduced powers to give local communities a say in decisions affecting their local area.  These are:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plans
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders
  • Community Right to Build Orders

Neighbourhood Development Plans

Neighbourhood plans are led by a 'qualifying body' such as a parish or town council or a neighbourhood forum and not by the local authority.

Neighbourhood Development Plans must be in line with the district council's planning policies and must be about enabling rather than restricting development.

We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document which provides more information Neighbourhood Development Plans and the process of preparing them. 

Designation of a neighbourhood area or forum

Before a neighbourhood plan can be progressed, planning regulations require a 'neighbourhood area' to be designated. 

Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders

Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders are mechanisms by which communities can allow particular development or types of development to go ahead without the need for planning permission:


Details of grants and support for neighbourhood planning can be found on the My Community Rights website.

How can we help?

We will provide information and assistance to local communities who are interested in neighbourhood planning. This will include:

  • advice on the neighbourhood planning process and legislative requirements
  • sharing information and evidence
  • advice on evidence, assessments/appraisal and conformity with the national and local policy framework

If you are thinking about preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, please contact us to discuss your proposals >>