About NP

About NP

‘A Neighbourhood Development Plan sets out the policies against which planning applications are assessed. Neighbourhood Development Plans will become part of the local development plan for the area, which means that the policies and proposals contained within them will be used in the determination of planning applications, including appeals. It must be stressed that the policies produced cannot block development that is part of the local development plan. What they can do is shape and influence where that development will go and what it will look like’: Royal Town Planning Institute.

A Neighbourhood Plan CAN

  • Decide where and what type of development should happen
  • Promote more development than is set out in a Local Authority’s Local Plan
  • Identify where housing development goes (and what type it should be)
  • Identify additional land for housing, schools, employment or community facilities such a youth centre, village hall or allotments
  • Make provision for businesses to set up or expand their premises
  • Consider transport and access (including issues around roads, cycling, walking and access for disabled people)
  • Restrict certain types of development and change of use, for example to avoid too much of one type of use
  • Set out policies about design of buildings
  • Protect and create open space, nature reserves, sports pitches, play areas, parks and gardens, and the planting of trees
  • Protect important buildings and historic assets such as archaeological remains
  • Promote renewable energy projects, such as solar energy and wind turbines


A Neighbourhood Plan CAN’T…

  • Conflict with the strategic policies in a Local Authority’s Local Plan
  • Prevent development that is included in the Local Plan
  • Reduce the number of houses allocated to the area in a Local Plan
  • Change “Permitted Development Rights” i.e. development that doesn’t require planning permission such as small house extensions, some changes of use and things like satellite dishes and solar panel
  • Introduce traffic calming measures or weight limits
  • Alter the speed limit or traffic signage
  • Tackle anti-social behaviours such as dog fouling or graffiti
  • Set up training programmes or schemes
  • Create rights of access to private land where it does not currently exist
  • Change broadband speed


Also, minerals and waste planning and major road or rail development are not within the scope of a NP.

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