What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
The Localism Act introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development by coming together to prepare Neighbourhood Development Plans.
Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure they get the right types of development for their community. Using these new tools, communities are able to:
- choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built;
- have their say on what those new buildings should look like; and
- grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.
Parish councils lead the creation of neighbourhood plans, supported by the local planning authority. Once written, the plan will be independently examined and put to a referendum of local people for approval.