Neighbourhood planning is a community-led process. It enables people to help shape development in their local area.
There are three tools to help shape local development:
- neighbourhood development plans that set out local planning policies that form part of the planning framework for their area
- neighbourhood development orders that grant planning permission for a specified development
- community right to build orders that identify land for new development.
Neighbourhood development plans are delivered by 'neighbourhood forums' for their 'neighbourhood area'.
List of current Brent neighbourhood forums and plans
- Harlesden Neighbourhood Plan
- Sudbury Town Neighbourhood Plan
- The Unity (Church End and Roundwood) Neighbourhood Forum
- Kilburn Neighbourhood Forum
How we can help and how you can get involved
We are responsible for agreeing and designating neighbourhood forums and neighbourhood areas.
Our neighbourhood planning protocol provides an overview of the process and the roles of the forum and the council.
The statutory process includes consultation, referendum and independent examination.
Is neighbourhood planning right for you?
Before committing to the neighbourhood planning process, it is worth identifying the local issues you wish to tackle.
Neighbourhood plans are appropriate for issues such as designating land use or specifying design criteria. We may already have policies in place which are sufficient to deal with your issue.
Neighbourhood plans must be in line with existing planning policies and cannot resolve matters such as servicing or rubbish collections.
How to apply to become a neighbourhood forum
If you are thinking of becoming a neighbourhood forum email the planning policy team at email@example.com beforehand so we can help guide you through the process.
We will meet with you and your group to discuss your needs and answer any questions you may have.
Groups applying to become neighbourhood forums must meet a number of criteria in order to make the submission valid such as:
- the name, membership details and written constitution of the proposed neighbourhood forum
- details and map of the neighbourhood area to which the application relates.
- View the full requirements for a neighbourhood forum and area
Neighbourhood forums need to be representative of the local community. You will need to consider how to involve a wide range of people both in the forum and in preparing the plan.
Applications for the designation of a neighbourhood forum are subject to a six week consultation period.
We will consider applications for neighbourhood forum and neighbourhood area at the same time.
Defining your neighbourhood area
There is no fixed definition or size threshold for a neighbourhood area. A workable boundary for a neighbourhood area is likely to emerge through discussions with the local community, the council and from walkabouts.
The boundary can also be defined by the issues involved such as a conservation area or town centre. Neighbourhood areas can cross borough boundaries but cannot overlap with another neighbourhood area.
Applications for the designation of a neighbourhood area are subject to a six week consultation period.
We are responsible for agreeing and designating the neighbourhood area.
Help to produce a neighbourhood plan
Things to read
Get involved in neighbourhood planning
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 8937 5210.