The Localism Act 2011 introduced 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 circumstances are able to grant Neighbourhood Development Orders or progress development under Community Right to Build Orders.
The key theme is using local knowledge and research to develop policies and orders to support development of the built environment within local communities.
Neighbourhood Development Plans
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.
Neighbourhood Development Plans could include 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 provide 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 wishes to consider creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan, contact Ian Hey, Community Partnership Officer, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 01283 228741.