Help with Neighbourhood Planning

How to create a Neighbourhood Plan

There are three main steps to creating a Neighbourhood Plan. At each step we strongly support your parish and/or town council including:

Step 1: Getting set up and deciding on the neighbourhood area

  • an introductory meeting to discuss your aims and outline the process for you
  • showing you how to apply to start a neighbourhood plan
  • consulting on and approving your application
  • advice on the funding process and different pots available

Step 2: Community consultation and evidence

  • information on the evidence needed to write your plan / participating in your survey work
  • informing you of other support available such as from Community Links and Locality 
  • guidance on the legal requirements / assistance on engaging with your community and who to consult
  • attending your meetings and consultation events / provision of training to help you with your plan

Step 3: Submitting your plan

  • health checking your plan at all key stages / consulting on your final submission plan
  • organising and funding your plan’s independent examination and referendum 
  • arranging for your plan to be made  

For support please email or call 01427 676676 and ask to speak to the Senior Neighbourhood Planning Policy Officer. 

Further information and guidance is available in the Downloads. You can complete an application form to prepare a neighbourhood plan and send it to us for approval.