Why do I need to read this guide?

In an area that does not have a town or parish council, a neighbourhood forum must be established in order to produce a neighbourhood plan. The neighbourhood forum once established will be the legal qualifying body for plan production.

This guide gives you a clear and concise overview of the steps and requirements for those seeking to establish a neighbourhood forum.

What will I learn from this guide?

  • The steps you need to take to establish a neighbourhood forum
  • How to create a neighbourhood forum template
  • How to create a neighbourhood forum constitution

When should I read this guide?

You should read this guide before applying for designation of your neighbourhood area. Area designation may affect the membership of your neighbourhood planning forum.

Further reading

You may wish to refer to the Neighbourhood Plan Roadmap to guide you through the process.


A revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) is currently being prepared by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Therefore any references to the NPPF and PPG within our toolkits and guidance documents may need to change and could be out of date when the revised NPPF is published. Please be aware of this when reading our documents.

How to establish a neighbourhood planning forum (3.1MB pdf)