Why do I need to read this guide?

Neighbourhood Planning is unlike previous government funded community led initiatives because it has the legal teeth to empower communities to plan for the future of their area. Read this guide to understand exactly what powers communities have in producing a neighbourhood plan. Set your ambitions before you get started with producing your plan.

What will I learn from this guide?

  • Capture what is distinctive about your neighbourhood
  • Address big issues like the location and scale of new development
  • Provide for enhanced local services and infrastructure through development benefits.

Further reading

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

The SEA Regulations (Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations, 2004) and the Habitats Regulations (Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017) previously implemented the requirements of the SEA and Habitats Directives in England. These Regulations will continue to apply unless new legislation is introduced to withdraw or amend them.

What powers does a neighbourhood plan give to communities? (629.7KB pdf)