What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan gives local people the power to agree the shared vision for their area.  The plan can set out policies for the development and use of land covered by a Neighbourhood Area, and has formal weight in deciding future planning applications.

Why do we need one?

  • The plan will have statutory status – greater influence over planning decisions
  • More say for residents on specific local issues than in the Local Plan
  • Community-led process not ‘top-down’
  • Helps to place local environmental and conservation issues at the top of the agenda
  • Provides an opportunity to specify which sites will be developed and the housing ‘mix’
  • Encourages dialogue with a range of organisations
  • Can encourage community projects and self-build initiatives.