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Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning was introduced under the Localism Act to give local people more of a hands on role in the planning of their neighbourhoods. It's a process led by the community and supported by the council.

Neighbourhood planning can be pursued in three different ways:

  • neighbourhood plan - a plan that sets out policies for new development in the neighbourhood; plans must be positive and encourage sustainable development
  • neighbourhood development order (NDO) - an NDO means that certain types of development can take place in an area without the need to apply for planning permission
  • community right to build order - similar to an NDO, but this gives residents within the neighbourhood the power to actually undertake certain development without the need to apply for planning permission

Neighbourhood planning should seek to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of an area. It cannot be used to block development that is needed across the borough. Policies in neighbourhood plans must be in general conformity with the borough's existing strategic policies.

Page last updated: 15 August 2022

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