What is neighbourhood planning?
The Localism Act 2011 introduced new rights and powers for communities and individuals to enable them to get more involved in planning for their areas. Neighbourhood Planning will allow communities to come together through a Local Parish Council/Town Council or Neighbourhood Forum and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go and what they should look like.
Neighbourhood planning is a tool to promote sustainable growth and will not be able to prevent development in an area.
There are two main approaches to neighbourhood planning – neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood development orders. The Localism Act also allows for community organisations to bring forward a ‘community right to build’ order which is a type of neighbourhood development order.
Please see the following documents for further information:
- Neighbourhood Planning (PDF)
- Neighbourhood Planning FAQs (PDF)
- Swindon Borough Neighbourhood Planning Protocol (PDF)
Neighbourhood planning process
Parish and town councils will lead neighbourhood planning in areas which include all or part of a parished area.
Outside parished areas, neighbourhood planning can be undertaken by a designated ‘neighbourhood forum’. The forum should have a written constitution and should comprise a minimum of 21 people.
All of the members should:
- live in the neighbourhood area subject to the plan
- work in the neighbourhood area
- be an elected member of a council body within which the plan area falls
To find out more about establishing a steering group, developing local objectives and submitting an application to designate a neighbourhood area, please see the following documents: