The Government has made significant reforms to the planning system as part of the Localism Act. Key amongst these changes has been the introduction of the concept of neighbourhood planning.
What is neighbourhood planning?
Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to get involved in guiding the future development of the places where they live and work.
The Localism Act introduces new permissive rights for local communities to:
- Prepare a neighbourhood plan
- Instigate Neighbourhood Development Orders
- Exercise a Community Right to Build.
Planning Practice Guidance - The Government have a website which makes available all national planning policies and associated guidance in one place. In the PPG section there is a chapter on neighbourhood planning which explains the process and the responsibilities of the Council and qualifying bodies in an accessible question and answer format.
Planning Advisory Service - This body is funded by the Government and provides consultancy, support and resources to local authorities. Their website contains frequently asked questions on neighbourhood planning and other useful sources of information.
Royal Town Planning Institute - The RTPI have produced a note entitled 'The handy guide to Planning' which provides a useful overview of how the planning system works together with a section on neighbourhood planning.
Town and Country Planning Association - The TCPA has a long track-record of creating high quality conferences, influential research reports, innovative training programmes, and thought-leadership across the planning and built environment sector.
Planninghelp.org.uk - The Campaign to Protect Rural England have produced a website to provide support to communities that need help in preparing a neighbourhood plan.
Planning Aid - This Government support service are involved with the neighbourhood planning 'front runners' and have the 'Our Neighbourhood Planning' forum devoted to sharing best practice and resources for navigating the neighbourhood planning process.
Statement of Community Involvement - This document sets out how we intend to involve the community, both in the preparation of a local plan and in the process of considering planning applications.