Why do I need to read this guide?

A neighbourhood plan sits within a framework of statutory planning and development documents. The guide deals with the need for neighbourhood plans to be in general conformity with the strategic policies in the local plan, which sits above the neighbourhood plan in this framework.

The guidance deals with how to identify strategic local policies, how to consider general conformity and the implications of having local plans of varying ages or stages of preparation.

What will I learn from this guide?

  • How the neighbourhood plan relates to the local plan
  • How to ensure that the neighbourhood plan is in general conformity with the strategic policies in the local plan
  • Dealing with local plans whether older, adopted or emerging

When should I read this guide?

You should read this guide when you are beginning your neighbourhood plan.

Further reading

You can find out more about what to include in your neighbourhood plan with the Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap.

General conformity with strategic local planning policy (1.9MB pdf)