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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.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) 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 support, please visit the Locality Neighbourhood Planning website.