Choosing Your Planning Model

How do you choose a planning process?

Community Led Plans (CLP’s, Parish or Village Plans) and Neighbourhood Plans are the two recognised planning tools designed to support communities (rural and urban) in distinct ways.

Your community may have one ore more of these common issues include roads and traffic, provision of facilities for different age groups, parking, land use, planning  and development.

To choose an appropriate planning process it is essential that your community first identifies the issues and opportunities needing to be addressed.

Community Led Planning (CLP) provides parishes and communities with a framework and a step by step process for assessing current and future issues, social infrastructure which are then shaped into an action plan. CLP’s have no statutory status but are supported by Parish, District and County Councils and related agencies.  More…

District Councils refer to information in CLP’s to influence and inform policy makers and planners in relation to:

  • sustainable community strategy
  • district councils’ corporate plans
  • local development frameworks
  • planning and grant applications

The Community Led Planning Toolkit used by CFO to facilitate the CLP process is available for reference here. This was produced by the Association of Communities in Rural England in 2012 of which CFO is the oldest member.  More…

Neighbourhood Plans (NP’s) which were introduced through the Localism Act 2011 are part of the formal planning framework and are legally binding. NP’s include policies on land use and development in a parish and must meet basic criteria. For more information…

What are Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levys (CIL) ?

Housing development impacts community growth and infrastructure, increasing demand for local facilities.  Developers are legally obliged to make funds available as a Section 106 Agreement  to provide new or improved facilities, in direct proportion to the amount of new development.  Having a CLP and/or  NP’s ensures there is an evidence-based  reference for prioritising how 106 or CIL funds are allocated for the benefit of your community, should there be future development. For more information…

Whichever tool you choose the community planning process involves identifying what people care strongly about in a community, developing the evidence to show that these issues have support, and ideally motivating people to take action to achieve their goals.

District and City Councils CLP support  

District and City Councils actively encourage parishes and towns to undertake CLP processes. They provide different forms of support to communities interested in or undertaking Community Led Planning:

  • signposting  CFO’s CLP Consultancy and Advisory Service
  •  providing a large scale map of your parish, and PDF version,  for use during consultations
  • attending launch events and other meetings where required
  • helping you to find data and information to inform the plan e.g from the census and other consultations
  • reviewing and providing comments on the draft action plan
  • identifying agencies that may offer support in delivering action plans
  • signposting potential sources of funding for proposed projects
  • providing an official response to the completed plan from the leader of the council
  • providing details of support the council can provide for implementation of action plans




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