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Step two - what do you want to do?

Most of you are here to read about how to put together a Neighbourhood Development Plan, which is what we refer to as a Neighbourhood Plan.  But you can also use this toolkit to help create a neighbourhood development order or a community right to build order, because the processes are very similar. Here’s a quick summary of what each of them is for:

Link icon Neighbourhood development plan

Use it to set out a vision for your area and to provide planning policies to decide what types of new homes and businesses should be built, where and what they should look like.

Neighbourhood development plans must:

  • contribute to sustainable development
  • generally conform with strategic policies in our local plans
  • adhere to national planning policy and guidance
  • be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements

If your neighbourhood development plan meets these basic conditions and is approved at a local referendum, we will adopt it and use it to help decide planning applications the area. You shouldn’t try to use these plans as a way to prevent development.

Link icon Neighbourhood development order

You can use this to grant permission for certain types of development for a particular site or area.  It means a development can go ahead in that area without making a planning application, as long as they comply with the current policies and regulations.

Link icon Community right to build order 

These can give community organisations the right to build small-scale developments on specific sites without needing planning permission. You can use them to encourage buildings that benefit the community like affordable housing, playgrounds or a village shops.

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Last reviewed: 13 - 11 - 2015

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