Preparing a neighbourhood development plan
Preparing a neighbourhood development plan

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

  • Preparing a neighbourhood development plan
  • Guidance
  • Deciding whether to make a plan
  • Stages of NDP preparation
  • Timetable for developing the plan
  • Initial preparation
  • Define the neighbourhood area
  • Leadership of neighbourhood planning
  • Establishing a neighbourhood planning team
  • Building evidence base
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak (see: Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on neighbourhood planning). For further updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Planning and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) allow communities to set out planning policies for the development and use of land in the neighbourhood. They form part of the statutory development plan.

See Practice Note: Introduction to neighbourhood planning for further information on the basics of neighbourhood planning, including: neighbourhood development orders; community rights to build; designating neighbourhood forums and areas; referendums; examination; funding; and the relationship between NDPs and other policy and legislation.


The NDP 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 local authority area. It describes an overall strategy including how much and what sort of development should happen (and what development is not supported) and in broad terms where this should take place.

Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), which supports the NPPF, explains the neighbourhood planning system, including key stages and considerations required.

Locality: Neighbourhood Planning Support provides additional guidance on NDPs, including: the procedure for preparing an

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