What is Neighbourhood Planning?Neighbourhood planning was introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act. Neighbourhood planning allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a neighbourhood plan that reflect their priorities, deliver tangible local benefits and have real weight in planning decisions. Local people can also grant permission for development through ‘neighbourhood development orders’ and ‘community right to build orders’.
Across England many different communities have embraced neighbourhood planning. Have a look here to see some of the policies in use, which demonstrate the power and scope of what can be achieved through neighbourhood planning.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANSIn very simple terms, a neighbourhood plan is:
- A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area. Planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications.
- Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
- A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.
NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT ORDERSA neighbourhood development order is a way of granting planning permission for certain types of development wanted in an area, without the need for a traditional planning application. This follows a similar process to a neighbourhood plan. Neighbourhood development orders could for example, grant permission for flats above shops in an area or give permission for changes to shop fronts in the high street.