Why do I need to read this guide?

A neighbourhood plan should be community-led. That means researched, written and voted on by the people who live in the neighbourhood.

In order for a plan to be ‘made’ and brought into force, plan makers must demonstrate that their community have been engaged in the process and consulted about policies in the plan.

This guide provides approaches to running successful community engagement and consultation exercises with some short case studies demonstrating good practice from around the country.

What will I learn from this guide?

  • Why consultation is such a crucial part of producing a neighbourhood plan
  • Some good consultation and engagement techniques
  • How social media can help alongside more traditional engagement techniques

When should I read this guide?

You should read this guide when first getting started on your plan journey.

Further reading

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

Notes

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Therefore any references to the NPPF and PPG within our toolkits and guidance documents may need to change and could be out of date when the revised NPPF is published.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 consult with your community (4.8MB pdf)