Commissioning consultants

A neighbourhood plan is a framework that guides future changes in an area. It gives local communities direct power to create a shared vision for their neighbourhood. The process of creating a neighbourhood plan does not, however, sit in isolation – it must comply with European and national legislation and conform to Local Authority strategic planning policy for an area. Consultation and a clear evidence base supporting the vision and policies are essential parts of the neighbourhood planning process.

This guide describes the process of commissioning consultants to support the town/ parish council or neighbourhood forum, (the commissioning client) in the production of the neighbourhood plan. It describes different types of consultants and how they can help, how to commission them, how to write a brief and what happens after the consultant is appointed.

Commissioning Consultants (531.7KB pdf)

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