Neighbourhood planning

Guidance for communities that are deciding the future of the places where they live and work.

Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work. Information on what neighbourhood planning is, why it matters, advice and support for communities is available on GOV.UK.

Neighbourhood plans:

  • are usually prepared by local town or parish councils
  • conform with national and local planning policies
  • are subject to independent examination and local referendum before being formally adopted.

Once adopted, a neighbourhood plan becomes part of the local statutory development plan and forms the basis for determining planning applications in that area. A neighbourhood development order enables the community to grant planning permission for the development it wishes to see.

For further information about neighbourhood planning, contact your district or borough council or the South Downs National Park Authority.

How we support neighbourhood planning

Once a draft neighbourhood plan has been prepared, we aim to comment on any significant potential impacts on our services. If you need more information contact us

Additional information

Last updated:
18 January 2022
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