Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their community and shape the development and growth of their local area.

The Department for Communities and Local Government describes Neighbourhood Plans as “a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work”. The Localism Act which was passed in 2011 gives local communities the rights to prepare these plans in order to provide local communities with a meaningful say in which the areas they live are planned.

Neighbourhood planning helps town and parish councils to prepare a plan for their area, in close consultation with residents, businesses and other local organisations. Neighbourhood Plans are for the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of everyone in the community.

Neighbourhood Plans in Summary

  • Statutory right for local people and businesses to plan for the future of their communities in a sustainable and fair way.
  • Designed to enable local people to strongly influence how development will occur locally:
  • Potential to give communities a bigger say over type, location, size, pace and deign of future development.
  • Potential to tackle longer term trends and challenges affecting communities.
  • Potential to foster progressive relationships between communities, developers and local authorities.
  • Potential to provide neighbourhoods with more influence on delivery and implementation.

The Department of Communities and Local Government has issued some basic advice about Neighbourhood Planning. This is a good starting point to learn in more detail what Neighbourhood Planning is all about. You can view this document here.