Find out about the process of neighbourhood planning and how we can help you to create a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.
Neighbourhood planning activity can only take place in areas specifically designated ‘neighbourhood areas’. The Parish Council must submit an area designation application to the County Council.
The way in which NDPs / NDOs are prepared will be decided by the parish council. In most cases, a steering group will be established to lead preparation of a plan or order.
For an NDP, this stage would typically involve: gathering information about the neighbourhood area, and engaging with the community to identify local aspirations and priorities; identifying a vision for the neighbourhood area; setting out a clear purpose for a plan including identifying or objectives to be achieved through the plan; drafting planning policies to help deliver the objectives of the plan; and seeking a screening from the County Council to determine if the plan would require strategic environmental assessment and habitats regulations assessment.
For an NDO, this stage would be fairly similar and would involve: gathering information about the neighbourhood area, and engaging with the community to identify whether there is a need for an NDO and the kinds of development that it should permit; drafting an NDO proposal; and seeking a screening from the County Council to determine if the order would require environmental impact assessment.
Once prepared, the draft plan or order must be subject to a six-week period of consultation (Regulation 14). This will include consulting national bodies as set out in the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations. Following the consultation period, representations must be considered and any amendments thought to be necessary must be made to the plan or order before it is submitted to the County Council.
Once the plan or order has been submitted to the County Council, we will check it meets legal requirements.
The submission must include:
The independent examination will consider whether the plan or order meets the 'basic conditions' as set out in legislation (paragraph 8(2) of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990).
The County Council will publish the examiner’s report and, where recommended, we will organise a local referendum. For the plan or order to be adopted, it must receive majority support from the local community. If more than 50% vote in favour, the County Council must bring it into force.
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