Neighbourhood planning guidance

The neighbourhood planning guide sets out the key considerations and stages of preparing a neighbourhood plan. It also includes a list of frequently asked questions.

This should be read alongside the national guidance on preparing neighbourhood plans.

Free advice and guidance is also available from Locality.

Strategic policies of the local plan

Policies in a neighbourhood plan must be in general conformity with the strategic policies within the adopted local plan.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires the council to clearly identify the strategic policies for the area.

The document below provides the information to meet this requirement and is a useful point of reference for those considering preparing or in the process of preparing Neighbourhood Plans or Neighbourhood Development Orders.

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA)

Where a neighbourhood plan would be likely to have significant effects on the environment, a systematic appraisal of the plan, known as a strategic environmental assessment (SEA), is likely to be required.