Neighbourhood Planning - General Guidance

Neighbourhood Planning is a new option for communities to decide the future of the places where they live.

It is a community right introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and is intended to complement other plans produced by the Council, either through the production of a Neighbourhood Development Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO).

Neighbourhood Plans and NDOs can be used to add more detail to the policies in the Council’s plans, or cover other aspects appropriate to the aspirations of the community living in the area.

Neighbourhood Plans and NDOs can be used to add more detail to the policies in the Council's plans, or cover other aspects appropriate to the aspirations of the community living in the area. Only a Parish Council or Neighbourhood Forum (where no parish council exists) may prepare a Neighbourhood Plan or NDO - although they may need the help from local volunteers.

Once adopted by the Council, the Neighbourhood Plan or NDO will then form part of the Local Plan for Northampton, and will be used in making decisions on planning applications in the area.

A Neighbourhood Plan MUST:

  Be locally specific
Address planning matters
Be based on evidence
Be in line with national and local planning policies
Be informed by the views of local people, and involve them throughout the process
Follow the legal process

Neighbourhood Plans should seek to achieve the following principles:

  Empower local people to shape their areas. Plans should be kept up-to-date and be based on co-operation and joint working
Be creative in finding ways to enhance and improve the places in which people live their lives
Sustainably meet the need for housing, employment and infrastructure
Seek to achieve high quality design and good standards of amenity for current and future residents
Recognise the different roles and character of different areas
Support the shift to a low-carbon future, and adapting to a changing climate
Conserve and enhancing the natural environment
Encourage the reuse of previously developed land (except where of high environmental value)
Promote mixed use developments, and encourage multiple benefits from the use of land
Conserve heritage assets
Encourage public transport, walking and cycling, and focus development in locations where sustainable transport is a realistic option
Deliver community and cultural facilities and services to meet local needs

Find Out More:

  What you will need to do to create a Neighbourhood Forum
How to apply to create a Neighbourhood Area
Neighbourhood Planning in Northampton
A Guide to the Neighbourhood Plan-Making Process
Neighbourhood Plans - Frequently Asked Questions
Other Ways to Get Involved

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