Neighbourhood Planning powers were created by the Localism Act in 2011. They represent the transfer of some planning powers from the County Council to Town and Parish Councils and the communities they represent.
Neighbourhood Plans are planning policy documents produced by communities for their area. They can be used to set locally specific land use policies and allocate land for certain types of development which the community wants to promote.
Once adopted the Plan will be used to make decisions on all relevant planning applications. They are a powerful tool for local communities to use in helping to shape the way a local area develops in the future.
There are 5 key stages in developing a neighbourhood plan;
1. Area designation
2. Preparing and publicising the Plan
3. Submitting the Plan
4. Independent examination
For documents and links which provide more information on Neighbourhood Planning click here.