Neighbourhood plans and development orders

With a neighbourhood plan, communities will be able to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. They'll be able to say, for example, where new homes and offices should be built, and what they should look like. The neighbourhood plan will set a vision for the future. It can be detailed, or general, depending on what local people want.

With a neighbourhood development order, the community can grant planning permission for what they want to see go ahead. The orders will allow new homes and offices to be built without the developers having to apply for separate planning permission.

Local people can choose to draw up either a plan, or a development order, or both. It is entirely up to them. Both must follow some ground rules:

  • They must generally be in line with local and national planning policies.
  • They must be in line with other laws.
  • If the local planning authority says that an area needs to grow, then communities cannot use neighbourhood planning to reduce the building of new homes and businesses. They can, however, use neighbourhood planning to influence the type, design, location and mix of new development.