Getting involved in neighbourhood planning

Is neighbourhood planning right for you? You'll need to consider what existing policies say about your area. Neighbourhood plans involve quite complex processes, together with considerable work and commitment to make them a reality.

Everyone has an opportunity to be involved in the development of the Local Plan. Neighbourhood plans have to work within these plans. We're engaging with community members to work together in the best way and is looking to regularly hold a community planning forum. This will be the best way to learn about what's happening in the city and receive free training and support.

How to get started

The Department for Communities and Local Government has set out five key stages to neighbourhood planning to help you get started. Below is a step by step guide on how to start your neighbourhood plan.

 Neighbourhood planning [PDF, 186KB]

What we're doing to help get neighbourhood planning off the ground

We're currently carrying out a survey of the community and neighbourhood groups in Plymouth. If you're a representative of a community or residents group and you'd be willing to take part, please take a few minutes to complete our community group online survey.

This will help us to collect some initial thoughts and opinions about the opportunities these new changes will offer and what support you may need. The information you provide will help us to keep in touch with you, and keep you informed on planning services. Any information you give us will be confidential, and will only be used for the purpose of this assessment.

We'll then look to hold a workshop session in the near future to work together on implementing parts of the Localism Act in Plymouth.