Neighbourhood planning

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Neighbourhood development orders

A neighbourhood development order allows the community to grant planning permission for specific developments in a neighbourhood area such as homes, shops, community facilities, etc.

Once a neighbourhood development order is approved, there is no need to submit a planning application to the local authority for the types of development covered by the order. This makes it easier and quicker for such developments to go ahead in the future.

A neighbourhood development order can be used to permit:

  • building operations (eg structural alterations, construction, demolition or other works carried out by a builder)
  • material changes of use of land and buildings
  • engineering operations

A neighbourhood development order must still be in line with national planning policy and with the strategic vision for the wider area set by the local planning authority.