Under the terms of the new Localism Act, communities can now choose to produce a neighbourhood plan, which will contain policies to help shape and deliver new development in their areas. Because this document will become a statutory (legal) document communities have to produce it in a certain way. The Government has set out regulations on how this would be done.
Neighbourhood plans can set out a vision for an area and should contain planning policies for the use and development of land. A neighbourhood plan should be developed to help guide development, rather than to prevent it. Policies should cover local issues rather than strategic issues. For example, a plan could cover where new homes, shops or offices should go and what green spaces should be protected.
Plans should be developed in partnership with the parish council, local community groups, local authority, statutory consultees, local residents and local businesses. They will need to be produced in conformity with policies and proposals in the Newark and Sherwood’s Local Development Framework which are considered ‘Strategic’ and the National Planning Policy Framework. If the plan is adopted by the district council it will become a statutory document that will be used when determining planning applications.
Neighbourhood planning cannot be used to block the building of the homes and businesses considered to be necessary to meet the district’s current and future needs. It can, however, influence the type, design, location and mix of new development.
Neighbourhood Planning can involve any of the following:
- Neighbourhood development plan - establishes the vision and planning policies for the use and development of land in your neighbourhood.
- Neighbourhood development order – allows the community to grant planning permission for types of new developments you want to see go ahead.
- Community right to build order – is a type of neighbourhood development order which gives communities the power to develop, for instance, small-scale housing and other facilities that you want without the need to apply for planning permission.
All of these documents will be subject to an independent examination and a local referendum before they can be adopted.
Who can lead on neighbourhood planning?
Neighbourhood planning is led by the local community. A Neighbourhood Development Plan and a Neighbourhood Development Order can only be prepared by parish or town council in parished areas.
In areas where there is no parish or town council, a neighbourhood forum can lead on coordinating the neighbourhood planning for your area. This could be an existing community organisation or a new group but it will need to meet certain criteria.
The neighbourhood forum and area boundary will need to be approved by the council.
A Community Right to Build Order can be prepared by certain community organisations and not just the parish or town council or neighbourhood forum.
Interested in producing a Neighbourhood Plan?
We have a duty to assist interested councils and communities in producing their Neighbourhood Plans. For further Information please contact Planning Policy.
Planning Policy, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Castle House, Newark, Notts, NG24 1BY
What is happening in Newark and Sherwood?
Southwell Neighbourhood Plan
The Southwell Neighbourhood Plan was produced between July 2012 and November 2105. It passed referendum on 22 September 2016 and was formally adopted by the Council on 11 October 2016.
Farnsfield Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan
The Submission Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan went to referendum on the 28th September 2018 and was successful with 620 voting in favour and 45 against. As a result the Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the Development Plan and can be used in the determination of planning applications within the Neighbourhood Area. The meeting of Full Council on 10th October 2017 will consider whether to confirm this.
Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Version (September 2017) (PDF File, 1,630kb)
General Neighbourhood Planning Statement (PDF File, 188kb)
Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan - Decision Statement (PDF File, 267kb)
Examiner's Report (PDF File, 363kb)
Submission Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan - Character Appraisal (PDF File, 2,666kb)
Submission Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan - Evidence Base (PDF File, 7,118kb)
Submission Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan - Basic Conditions Statement (PDF File, 713kb)
Submission Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan - Consultation Statement (PDF File, 1,098kb)
Consultation Statement Appendix 1 (PDF File, 708kb)
Consultation Statement Appendix 2 (PDF File, 225kb)
Consultation Statement Appendix 3 (PDF File, 350kb)
Consultation Statement Appendix 4 (PDF File, 3,894kb)
Consultation Statement Appendix 5 (PDF File, 112kb)
Consultation Statement Appendix 6 (PDF File, 374kb)
Consultation Statement Appendix 7 (PDF File, 11,526kb)
Consultation Statement Appendix 8 (PDF File, 486kb)
Consultation Statement Appendix 9 (PDF File, 3,724kb)
Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan SEA & HRA Screening Report (PDF File, 878kb)
Kings Clipstone Neighbourhood Plan
Newark and Sherwood District Council's Economic Development Committee designated the parish of Kings Clipstone as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning at its meeting on 25 June 2014. The community are now progressing the development of their Neighbourhood Plan and intend to carry out public consultation later in 2014.
Thurgarton Neighbourhood Plan
Thurgarton Neighbourhood plan has been through independent examination and, subject to minor modification, found to meet the Basic conditions required to proceed to referendum. The referendum was held on May 4th with the question 'do you want Newark and Sherwood District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Thurgarton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?' being asked. The total number of people who voted in favour was 156, 11 people voted against and there was 1 ballot paper unmarked or void for uncertainty. This resulted in a majority of 145 and a turnout of 46.15%.
The meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 16th May 2017 'made' (adopted) the Neighbourhood Plan which was put to referendum on May 4th 2017. The Plan therefore now forms part of the Development Plan for the District.
Thurgarton Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum Version) (PDF File, 2,668kb)
Examiners Report (PDF File, 343kb)
Kneesall, Kersall and Ompton Neighbourhood Plan
Under delegated authority from the Economic Development Committee the parish of Kneesall, Kersall and Ompton has been designated as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning on 25 March 2015. The community are now progressing the development of their Neighbourhood Plan.
Epperstone Neighbourhood Plan
Under delegated authority from the Economic Development Committee the parish of Epperstone has been designated as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning on 24 April 2015. The community are now progressing the development of their Neighbourhood Plan.
Fernwood Neighbourhood Plan
The Submission Fernwood Neighbourhood Plan went to referendum on the 28th September 2018 and was successful with 295 voting in favour and 48 against. As a result the Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the Development Plan and can be used in the determination of planning applications within the Neighbourhood Area. The meeting of Full Council on 10th October 2017 will consider whether to confirm this.
Fernwood Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Version (September 2017) (PDF File, 2,808kb)
General Neighbourhood Planning Statement (PDF File, 188kb)
Fernwood Neighbourhood Plan - Decision Notice (PDF File, 85kb)
Fernwood Neighbourhood Plan - Examination Report (PDF File, 574kb)
Additional supporting documents (including the Basic Conditions and Consultation Summaries) can be found on the Fernwood Parish Council Website.
Fiskerton-cum-Morton Neighbourhood Plan
The Parish of Fiskerton-cum-Morton was designated as a Neighbourhood area on 15th March 2017. The Parish can now proceed with developing a Neighbourhood Plan.
Fiskerton-cum-Morton Parish Map (PDF File, 1,471kb)
Clipstone Neighbourhood Plan
The Parish of Clipstone was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 9th October 2017. The Parish can now proceed with developing a Neighbourhood Plan.
Clipstone Neighbourhood Area Designation Decision (PDF File, 1,790kb)