Quick Guide to Neighbourhood Plans
What is it?
A community led plan that sets out the vision and policies for the future development of a local area. Once ‘made’ by the local planning authority it forms part of the statutory development plan and must be used in making decisions on planning applications.
Why produce one?
- Community can set out where development should go and the type and quality of it
- Gives local people greater ownership of planning policies
- Brings the community together to share ideas and priorities for the area
- Provides a detailed evidence base about the community
- Helps raise funds/grants
- and many other benefits…
Who produces it?
Legally it is the parish or town council or a ‘neighbourhood forum’ in those areas without parishes. In practice a steering group made up of local councillors, volunteers and other representatives from the community manage the process.