The concept of ‘Neighbourhood Planning’ represents a fundamental change to the planning system. Communities will be able to develop planning policies that will become part of the planning framework for their area.
Neighbourhood planning is not led by the local authority. The Localism Act makes it the responsibility of the qualifying body – be it a parish council or Neighbourhood Forum – to initiate and undertake neighbourhood planning within a designated Neighbourhood Area. The local planning authority’s role is to advise, manage and support the process.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and use of land within a neighbourhood.
Neighbourhood plans must be in line with the City Council’s strategic planning policies (contained within the Core Strategy), and must be about enabling – rather than restricting development.
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