Neighbourhood Plan


  • It is one part of the planning reforms in the government’s new Localism Act.
  • It gives local communties the opportunity to draw up a spatial plan for an area.
  • It needs to be in line with national and local planning policies.
  • It provides loose guidance.
  • It is likely to need a referendum.

What can a Neighbourhood Plan do?

  • It can decide where and what type of development should happen in an area.
  • It can promote more development than is set out in the Local Plan/Design Framework.
  • It can include policies, including design standards, which take precedence over existing local planning policies.
  • It can only be prepared by a Parish or Town Council, or a “Neighbourhood Forum” set up for the purpose.
  • It cannot conflict with policies in the existing Local Plan/Development Framework or be used to prevent the development this proposes.

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