Community engagement is an essential part of the Neighbourhood Planning process. If you want to create your own Local or Neighbourhood Plan, I can work with you to customise your participation toolkit and run community engagement and consultation exercises suited to your own unique context.
Community-led planning lies at the heart of rural communities. Within the new powers created by the Localism Act (2011) is the concept of a Neighbourhood Plan. Such a Plan must be supportive of development and cannot contradict existing national or local planning policies.
In accordance with the new Regulations, the preparation of a local Neighbourhood Plan should involve residents, businesses and other organisations in the preparatory stages for their local Neighbourhood Plan.
When a Neighbourhood Plan has been approved as meeting national requirements and is endorsed by a local referendum, the policies within the Neighbourhood Plan become part of the statutory development plan. The Local Planning Authority will then be required to give consideration to them when planning applications are determined.
Step by Step Guide to Neighbourhood Planning
The Quick Guide to Neighbourhood Plans gives a concise summary of the process for producing a Neighbourhood Plan under the Localism Act, together with suggestions for good practice.
Funding your Neighbourhood Plan
All groups writing a Neighbourhood Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order are eligible to apply for up to £9,000 in grant funds; and groups facing more complex issues can apply for specific packages of technical support where needed, and may also be eligible for a further £6,000 in grant. Information on funding, the neighbourhood planning process and support is available at the My Community website.