Neighbourhood Planning was introduced with the Localism Act 2011 and gives communities new powers to write planning policies through Neighbourhood Development Plans and grant planning permission through Neighbourhood Development Orders. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.
Meet the team
The Neighbourhood Planning Team hosts weekly drop-in sessions at offices around the Borough every Wednesday from 9am - 4pm. There's no need to book, simply turn up. If you wish to meet after 4pm please contact us directly.
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Register for updates
Make sure you receive our latest news, notifications of submitted plans, consutlations, examinations and refererendums by following us on Twitter (@CEC_NPlans) or by signing up for regular email updates. You can register for email updates here.
Neighbourhood area applications
The government has made available up to £9,000 in grant support for each community preparing a neighbourhood plan. Additional professional and financial support (up to a further £6,000) is available for more complex plans or for plans that are allocating development sites.
Tools and support
- To help write your neighbourhood plan we have prepared various guidance documents, toolkits and templates which can be accessed here on our tools and support page.
Guidance and legislation