Neighbourhood planning

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Neighbourhood plans

A neighbourhood plan sets out planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood and can include proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities.

It can cover a range of planning issues such as housing, employment, heritage and transport or focus on a single topic of importance for the community.

A neighbourhood plan must comply with:

  • national planning policy
  • EU and UK legislation
  • strategic development needs set out in the Local Plan
  • human rights requirements

If adopted it will become part of the local development plan and be used by the local planning authority when making decisions on planning applications.


A neighbourhood plan helps to shape and direct future development; it cannot influence development that is already permitted or allocated and cannot be used to block future growth.

Find out more about creating a neighbourhood plan