Introduction to neighbourhood planning
Introduction to neighbourhood planning

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Introduction to neighbourhood planning
  • What is neighbourhood planning?
  • Guidance
  • Defining 'neighbourhood area'
  • 'Relevant body'
  • Neighbourhood Development Plans
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders and the Community Right to Build
  • Basic conditions
  • Relationship with other policy/legislation
  • Independent examination
  • more

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What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in England by the Localism Act 2011. It empowers communities to shape the development and growth of a local area through the production of a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), a Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO) or a Community Right to Build Order (CRTBO).

Neighbourhood planning regulations came into force on 6 April 2012. Provisions relating to NDPs, NDOs and CRTBOs came into force on 5 April 2013 and have been amended several times since.

See also Practice Notes:

  1. Preparing a neighbourhood development plan

  2. Neighbourhood planning—independent examination and referendum

  3. Neighbourhood development orders


The NDP/NDO must be prepared in conformity with national and local planning policy. National policy is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The local plan sets out a vision and objectives for the whole of the district or

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