Why do I need to read this guide?

A planning policy is used to express intent and to guide decisions about the vision set out in your neighbourhood plan.

The policies in your neighbourhood plan carry legal weight when decisions on planning applications are made.

They will be central to the planning decisions in your area so it is important to get them right.

What will I learn from this guide?

  • How to write a planning policy
  • How to link your vision and objectives to your policies
  • What your plan can influence through policies

When should I read this guide?

You should read this guide before you start writing your neighbourhood plan.

Further reading

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


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Therefore any references to the NPPF and PPG within our toolkits and guidance documents may need to change and could be out of date when the revised NPPF is published.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 write planning policies for your Neighbourhood Plan (353.5KB pdf)