What is a Neighbourhood Plan ?
In very simple terms, a neighbourhood plan is:
- A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area. Planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications
- Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority
- A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.
Local people can create a plan that allows them to develop planning policies that reflect the priorities of their area and have real legal weight. The whole community then decides at a referendum vote whether the local authority should bring the plan into force.
A neighbourhood plan is an important document with real legal force, therefore there are certain formal procedures that it must go through.