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Neighbourhood Planning

Planning Direct offers a comprehensive Neighbourhood Planning service 

This service is designed to give Parish Councils a professional and credible Neighbourhood Plan at a reasonable cost.

Neighbourhood Planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community, where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

Did you know Neighbourhood Planning is now being used by Parishes to protect themselves against unwanted development. This can be very effective where a district has failed to plan for housing properly and speculative developments are concerning rural-minded councils.

So what is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood, and shape the development and growth of their local area.

A Neighbourhood Plan enables a community to:

  • Choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built
  • Have their say on what those new buildings should look like
  • Comment on what infrastructure should be provided
  • Grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead

Your Neighbourhood Plan must take account of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This means your Plan must “plan positively to promote local development” and must “support the strategic development needs” set out in your County Council’s Core Strategy.

We are already working with a number of Parish Councils, assisting them with the development of their Neighbourhood Plans. We can walk you through the process assisting you at every stage.

Our expert and experienced team can offer to:

  • Assist you with setting the vision and objectives for your Parish
  • Help you designate your formal neighbourhood area
  • Help you set up a Steering Group and offer technical / procedural advice
  • Guide you through the initial consultations with your parishioners
  • Help you set up drop-in workshops where necessary
  • Analyse findings with you or on your behalf
  • Use all feedback to construct a Plan outline
  • Advise on suitability of development sites
  • Produce a detailed Plan for formal approval
  • Produce suitably worded planning policies, design codes and maps
  • Liaise with the Planning Inspector to ensure your Plan is compliant

This whole process then culminates in a public referendum on whether your plan should be made part of the statutory development plan and adopted by your County Council.

Here’s a summary of the process for ‘making’ a Neighbourhood Plan NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Process Flowchart

Can you afford not to consider a Neighbourhood Plan for your Parish?

If you would like to discuss a Neighbourhood Plan for your Parish Council contact us and we will gladly talk you through the process. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Call Andrew Cann at Planning Direct on 01473 407911 or email



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