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What is Neighbourhood Planning?


As part of the Localism Act 2011, this introduced the right for communities to have their own neighbourhood planning. Through the Act, communities can affect how they would like their neighbourhoods within a designated area to develop.


This is done through:

  • Neighhood Development Plans;
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders' and;
  • Community Right to Build Orders.

Since the Act, more than 1,000 community plans or orders have been created. The Thorpe Neighbourhood Forum is now one of those community organisations.


Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. 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.


Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals. This is because unlike the parish, village or town plans that communities may have prepared, a neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority. Decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan and the neighbourhood plan, and any other material considerations.


Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop over the next ten, fifteen, twenty years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people. They can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development they want to see.

To help deliver their vision communities that take a proactive approach by drawing up a neighbourhood plan or Order and secure the consent of local people in a referendum, will benefit from 25 percent of the revenues from the Community Infrastructure Levy arising from the development that takes place in their area.


The following YouTube video explains the purpose of a Neighbourhhod Plan and in outline the  process that ourNeighbourhood Forum needs to follow:

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