Neighbourhood Planning

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 reflects their priorities, delivers tangible local benefits and has real weight in planning decisions. Neighbourhood Plans can deal with single issue planning policies such as heritage and conservation, or include multiple policies centering on specific site development.

The Queen’s Speech in May 2015 indicated that the Government will legislate to speed up the neighbourhood planning process and make it easier for communities to develop a plan. The Government’s delivery body, Locality, has useful information about Neighbourhood Planning via the link below:

Locality guide to neighbourhood planning

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