Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by the Localism Act 2011. They enable communities to have a say about the development of their local area.
There are five basic stages in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan:
- Define the Neighbourhood Area
- Prepare the Neighbourhood Plan
- Independent examination
- Community referendum
- Legal adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan.
Responsibility for preparing a Neighbourhood Plan rests with the relevant parish or town council(s), or other ‘qualifying body’, although South Norfolk Council will provide advice and assistance at certain stages, including administering the referendum.
Once a Neighbourhood Plan is adopted it forms part of the wider Development Plan which means it must to be taken into account when assessing planning applications for new development in that area.
The Planning Practice Guidance website provides further information on the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans. The Locality website gives advice on financial support and grants and general information about producing Neighbourhood Plans.
Find out more about current Neighbourhood Plans in South Norfolk.