Neighbourhood planning gives you, and other people in your community, the power to work together to shape your local area. It allows you and your community to help:
- choose where new homes, shops and offices are built
- influence how buildings look and what infrastructure should be provided
- grant planning permission for developments the community wants for the area
For this to happen you must first apply to the council to set up a ‘neighbourhood forum’ and define the boundaries of a ‘neighbourhood area’. We have more information on the key-stages in creating a neighbourhood forum.
Neighbourhood forums have three tools to shape development in their neighbourhood area.
- Neighbourhood development plans - which set out local planning policies for their area which will be used to help decide on planning applications.
- Neighbourhood development orders - that grant planning permission for a particular development.
- Community right to build orders - that identify land for new development.
If you are thinking of setting up a neighbourhood forum, contact our planning policy team.