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. 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. Following its examination and endorsement at referendum then 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.
Neighbourhood Development Plan's and a Neighbourhood Development Order's 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.
Community Right to Build Order's can be prepared by certain community organisations and not just the parish or town council or neighbourhood forum.
The national Planning Practice Guidance is a useful source of additional information on Neighbourhood Planning.
Interested in producing a Neighbourhood Plan?
We have a duty to assist interested councils and communities in producing their Neighbourhood Plans, and would encourage those with an interest to make early contact with the Planning Policy Business Unit (01636 650000 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Made Neighbourhood Plans
The following Neighbourhood Plans have been 'made' and so form part of the Development Plan for the District - against which decisions on planning applications are made.
- Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan (28th September 2017)
- Fernwood Neighbourhood Plan (28th September 2017)
- Kings Clipstone Neighbourhood Plan (12th February 2019)
- Southwell Neighbourhood Plan (11th October 2016)
- Thurgarton Neighbourhood Plan (16th May 2017)
To view these Plans please visit the Made Neighbourhood Plans webpage.
Neighbourhood Plans Under Preparation
The following Neighbourhood Plans are under preparation.
- Bulcote Neighbourhood Plan
- Clipstone Neighbourhood Plan
- Epperstone Neighbourhood Plan
- Fiskerton cum Morton Neighbourhood Plan
- Kneesall, Kirton & Ompton Neighbourhood Plan
For more information please visit the Neighbourhood Plans Under Preparation webpage.