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Neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood planning gives communities the opportunity to work together to develop a plan for their area.

Neighbourhood plans contain policies about what communities consider important, where they think development should go and what it should look like. When they are “made” or adopted, they form part of the development plan and are used in decision making alongside the Part 1 and Part 2 Local Plans for West Northamptonshire, together with other material planning considerations, so they are powerful tools.

The information on these pages has been prepared to help communities understand the process of preparing a neighbourhood plan and to decide whether it is the right approach for them.

There are benefits to establishing a good working relationship with Council officers. We encourage interested communities to contact us as early as possible, preferably at the point that a steering group is being established, so that we can provide support from the beginning. By contacting us early, we will be able to advise when we will have resources available to support you.

If you would like more information including how to get started, please contact the Planning Policy Team. We can also advise on other approaches to community planning such as village design statements.

The Useful information section at the bottom provides a list of resources.

Locality is a national network which supports local community organisations. It provides specialist advice and resources on neighbourhood planning, including information about grant support. Contact details are provided in the Useful information section.

Contact details

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0300 126 7000

Last updated 13 April 2023