Preparing a Neighbourhood Plan


Planning is an 'evidence-based' process, informed by facts and research. Before you start writing your plan, you should review existing evidence to help you to understand the issues affecting your neighbourhood.

Examples of suitable 'evidence' include:

  The Local Plan
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
Census data and statistics
Research and studies undertaken by the Council
Records of important local features e.g. details of listed buildings, ancient monuments, tree preservation orders, etc.
Plans and strategies from other public bodies or utilities providers
Certain information held by your group or parish council, such as reports or minutes of meetings

Where there is a lack of evidence on a certain issue, you may need to undertake your own surveys or research to help inform your plan.

Consultation with the Community

Finding out the views of other people with an interest in your area is an essential part of the Neighbourhood Planning process. Good consultation helps you to understand the issues affecting your area, and may help to gain local support for your Plan.

There are many ways to involve local people in the Neighbourhood Planning process. It is a good idea to draw up a consultation strategy explaining how and when you will engage with the public.

The Council's Planning Officers can help you to draw up a consultation strategy and give you advice on consulting with the public.

The Council can also advise you of the environmental bodies, service providers and utilities bodies who may need to be involved in the Neighbourhood Planning process, or may be able to communicate with them on your behalf.

Neighbourhood Planning - Guidance