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What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans (often referred to simply as Neighbourhood Plans), Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

Neighbourhood Plans become part of the development plan and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders allow communities to grant planning permission either in full or in outline for the types of development they want to see in their areas.

Policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.

Accessing support

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has made funding available to provide support and grants for communities looking to develop Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Development orders.

For further information about all aspects of neighbourhood planning and to apply for government support, please visit the Locality Neighbourhood Planning website.

Can Planning Aid England help?

In some circumstances, PAE are able to provide planning advice and support to neigbourhood planning groups in areas of high multiple deprivation (as measured by the Government's Index of Multiple Deprivation).  This is usually to asssist with a defined aspect of plan development and is to supplement, not replace, the support packages (grants and technical support) via the Locality Neighbourhood Planning website

If you think you are eligible for bespoke support please complete this request form outlining what it is you are seeking assistance with.