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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

How do you create a Neighbourhood Plan?

There are three main steps to creating a Neighbourhood Plan which we’ve outlined below.

  • Step 1: Getting set up and deciding on the neighbourhood area (see below)

  • Step 2: Community consultation and evidence 

  • Step 3: Submitting the Plan

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