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Preparing a neighbourhood development plan

A neighbourhood plan establishes general planning policies for the development of land in a neighbourhood. Any plan must meet ‘basic conditions’, which include the need for policies to be generally aligned with strategic policies.

Once a neighbourhood development plan meets all the requirements and has been 'made' (adopted), it forms part of the overall development plan for the area. It can then be considered in the determination of planning applications.

Local people can also use neighbourhood planning to draw up any of the following documents:

Neighbourhood development order

This is to grant planning permission for a particular type of development in a specified area without the need for planning applications.

Community right to build order

This is to allow certain community organisations to bring forward small-scale development on specific sites without the need for planning permission.

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