Neighbourhood planning enables town and parish councils, in close consultation with residents, to prepare a spatial plan for their area.
Introduced as a key part of the Localism Act
2011, neighbourhood planning powers seek to empower communities to
manage and enable development in their local area by creating a
vision of how their areas should grow; deciding what they should
look like; creating locally specific planning policies to manage
development in their area; or granting permission by legal order
for sites that the local community would like to see developed in a
particular way. These powers are discretionary and, in
Northumberland, should be exercised by parish councils.
Communities, through their parish councils, could use neighbourhood
- Choose where new homes, shops and offices should be built.
- Say what those new buildings should look
- Grant permission for new buildings that fit
with local planning policies for the area.
Neighbourhood planning includes three separate
tools: Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs); Neighbourhood
Development Orders (NDOs); and Community Right to Build
Orders. Communities can choose to utilise one or more of
these tools to achieve the desired development aims of the local
community, for example, a Neighbourhood Development Plan
complimented by Neighbourhood Development Order. Further
details of each of these powers is given on associated web pages
which can be accessed by clicking the relevant links.
Current Neighbourhood Planning Initiatives in
Neighbourhood planning activity in
Northumberland is currently limited to a group of government pilot
projects known as Front Runners. Progress reports are
available on the relevant web pages which can be accessed from the
Currently there is one application for
designation of a Neighbourhood Area in Allendale. That
application, and how to respond to the consultation on the
application, is given in the relevant links above.
Contact for Further Information
For further information please contact the Spatial
Planning and Delivery team: