Neighbourhood planning guidance


Neighbourhood planning gives local communities the opportunity to plan for their local areas and decide what it should look like and how it should develop. 

What can neighbourhood planning be used for?

Neighbourhood planning can be used to:

  • choose where new homes, shops and offices should be built
  • have a say on what those new buildings should look like
  • influence the design and functionality of open spaces around where you live
  • grant planning permission for the new buildings your community wants to see go ahead

What can it not be used for?

Neighbourhood planning can't be used to block the building of the homes and businesses considered to be necessary to meet the borough's current and future needs. 

However, it can be used to influence the type, design, location and mix of any new development.