The Localism Act 2011 enables communities to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for a defined area (the Neighbourhood Area). The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (amended 2015 and 2016) provide some of the legal requirements for preparing an NDP.
An NDP is prepared by a Qualifying Body on behalf of its local community and sets out local planning policies in relation to the designated Neighbourhood Area. An NDP has to meet certain basic conditions including taking account of national policy and being in general conformity with the strategic policies within the development plan for the area. These are tested through independent examination and then voted upon in a local referendum as to whether or not the NDP should be formally adopted. Once an NDP is 'made' (adopted), it will form part of the Borough Council's Development Plan and will be used in future planning decisions for that Neighbourhood Area.
Please use the right hand navigation menu for detailed information on each of the Neighbourhood Plans which are moving forward within the borough. A map of the Neighbourhood Plans currently in progress can be viewed here.
Information on the roles and responsibilities of the Borough Council and the Qualifying Body and support that is available can be found here.
Last updated 21 December 2020