Neighbourhood Planning


Government Guidance

The government has been clear that all members of society are required to adhere to guidance to help combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance has implications for neighbourhood planning including: the referendum process; decision-making; oral representations for examinations; and public consultation. This planning guidance supersedes any relevant aspects of current guidance on neighbourhood planning, including in paragraphs 007, 056, 057, 061 and 081 until further notice.

Referendums: All neighbourhood planning referendums that have been recently cancelled, or are scheduled to take place, between 16 March 2020 and 5 May 2021 are postponed in line with the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 until 6 May 2021.

Decision-making: Where the local planning authority has issued a decision statement (as set out under Regulation 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) detailing its intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, that plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application.

Examinations: The general rule remains that examinations should be conducted by written representations. If an examiner considers that oral representations are necessary, these should not take place in person. Where feasible, oral representations may still take place using video conferencing or other suitable technologies.

Public consultation: Neighbourhood planning groups or local planning authorities intending to undertake public consultation and notification (as set out under Regulation 14 and Regulation 16 respectively of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) should consider the government’s current guidance on staying at home and away from others or any superseding guidance.


Neighbourhood planning is a way for communities to help decide the future of the places where they live and work.

Communities can use a Neighbourhood Plan to: 

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

A Neighbourhood Plan cannot prevent otherwise sustainable or appropriate development. The Government has made it clear that it is not a tool for residents to oppose proposals for new developments close to them. If a Neighbourhood Plan includes allocations for housing it cannot limit housing growth to less than is set out in the council’s development plan or regional and national guidance.

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Approved Neighbourhood Areas and ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans

We have created a composite map of the district displaying all the approved Neighbourhood Areas and ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans. This is correct at the date shown on the map and will be updated when changes of status are made to Neighbourhood Areas.

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