Paul Weston - Community Consultant

Neighbourhood Planning

It’s official, Neighbourhood Plans, prepared by communities themselves, are now legally recognised planning policy documents, which relate to the use of land or to spatial matters (i.e. aspects related to how a place works) in a parish or neighbourhood.
Once adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the district council’s local development framework and will be used in the consideration of planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
The power to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan has been given to parish & town councils or, in their absence, a properly constituted Neighbourhood Forum.

About Neighbourhood Planning

New planning powers are in place to give communities the ability to shape the character of their neighbourhood.
‘Neighbourhood Planning’ is giving communities a real voice in deciding the look and feel of development in their area.
Local people are now able to have their say on local planning matters such as the location of new homes, the design of buildings and the facilities and green spaces that should be protected.
The new powers also give local people the power to decide the types of development that can be granted automatic permission, through a Neighbourhood Development Order.

I am a qualified planner and community consultant based in the South West.
I have already worked with a number of neighbourhood planning groups.
I can help if your group wants to make the most of the new neighbourhood planning opportunities.
If you want advice or need some help get in touch for a free, no obligation, initial discussion
01392 468758



advice &
until March 2012

For a Parish or Town Council the time for neighbourhood planning is probably right if:

  • there is general agreement with the strategic content of the Local Plan
  • there are, or will be, development pressures on the neighbourhood in the foreseeable future
  • there is an identifiable need for housing, new businesses or community and/or social facilities
  • the local community has accepted the need for development and wishes to shape it
    • The process of preparing a neighbourhood plan is sequential. For a diagram and short version of the process follow the link below:

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