Neighbourhood Planning

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Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011. It is an important and powerful tool that gives communities statutory powers to help shape their local area.

The resources in this hub have been designed to help groups who are interested in developing and growing the place they live and work.

The Localism Act 2011 gave local people statutory powers to have a direct say in the development of their local area.

A Neighbourhood Plan is:

  • A legal document that sets out planning policies for the local area – planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications
  • Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority
  • A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place

Neighbourhood plans give local people the power to:

  • Choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built
  • Have a say on what new buildings look like
  • Grant planning permission for the new buildings

The resources in this hub will be particularly useful for anyone involved in or interested becoming involved in Neighbourhood planning.

The resources, including guides, templates, case studies and reports, will:

  • Provide details of the powers that a neighbourhood plan will give you
  • Help you understand each statutory stage of developing a neighbourhood plan
  • Provide good practice based on the experience of other neighbourhood planning groups
  • Provide links to grants and technical support for neighbourhood planning
  • And much more