About neighbourhood plans

There are nearly 20 neighbourhood plans in the district.

Neighbourhood plans are prepared by local communities and set out local planning policies in relation to that area.

They have to be in line with national and local planning policy, have to be independently examined and then voted upon in a local referendum as to whether or not they should be formally adopted.  

Neighbourhood plans are discretionary and are supported by the Localism Act enables which communities to produce their own formal plans for a defined area (the neighbourhood area) under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.