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Is a Neighbourhood Plan right for you?

Whilst Neighbourhood Plans are a powerful tool for shaping how a community will grow, they are not the only option. This article explores the questions you should ask before deciding if a Neighbourhood Plan is right for your area, and discusses some alternative ways to participate in the planning process.
Is a Neighbourhood Plan right for you? Neighbourhood Plans have been around for some time now, and most Parish & Town Councils will at some point have asked themselves whether they should prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. To answer this question, it is necessary to consider whether a Neighbourhood Plan is the right 'tool' for the job - crucially:

What does the community want to achieve, and is a Neighbourhood Plan the best way of delivering this?

You may not know what local people think are the biggest issues affecting their area. It is a good idea to carry out some community engagement exercises to find out what issues are affecting local people and how they would like to se…

Why age matters for Local Plans

Age is just a number, unless you are a Local Plan.

The Local Plan is the principal planning document which sets out strategic and non-strategic planning policies for an area. Planning applications are judged against the Local Plan's policies.
Requirement to keep up-to-dateThe government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) places great importance on keeping plans up-to-date.

The NPPF requires policies in local plans to be reviewed at least once every five years to assess whether they need updating.

Where a Local Plan is more than five years old the NPPF requires the government's Local Housing Need method be used when calculating Five Year Land Supply, rather than the policies of the Local Plan. You can find the latest figures for your area using the Local Housing Need tool.

Similarly, the government's Housing Delivery Test measurement ignores the Local Plan's housing target where a Local Plan is more than five years old, instead relying on household growth f…