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Neighbourhood development plans

Neighbourhood planning is a key part of the Localism Act.

The Localism Act 2011 introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development. Within these, communities (parish councils and neighbourhood forums) are able to develop Neighbourhood Development Plans and under certain certain circumstances are able to grant Neighbourhood Development Orders or progress development under Community Right to Build Orders.

The key theme for all of these is the development of the local built environment; using local knowledge and research to develop policies and orders to support development within local communities.

Neighbourhood Development Plans

South Derbyshire District Council has been developing a revised Local Plan that will provide the basis for future development within the district.

Neighbourhood Development Plans provide an opportunity for local communities to develop a vision and specific planning policies for their neighbourhood. They can provide much greater detail of the neighbourhood than that included within the Local Plan.

Potentially Neighbourhood Development Plans could including policies around:

  • where new homes, shops and offices should go
  • which green spaces should be protected
  • what new development should look like.

Neighbourhood Development Plans give the chance to be positive about the changes you would like to see happen in your area.

It is important to note that these are development plans and will need to:

  • have regard to national planning policy
  • be in general conformity with strategic policies within the Local Plan
  • be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements.

If your parish or local community wish to consider developing a Neighbourhood Development Plan please contact Ian Hey, community partnership officer, email or tel: 01283 228741.