The Localism Act, which became law in November 2011, introduces the opportunity to prepare neighbourhood plans. Neighbourhood Plans are prepared by a 'qualifying body' rather than the district council and may be prepared by a parish council.
Neighbourhood plans are developed by the community and set out planning policies concerning the development and use of land in the neighbourhood area. Neighbourhood plans are about supporting growth and must be consistent with national planning policy and the policies in the district council's Local Plan.
More information on neighbourhood planning can be found in this Neighbourhood planning document published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
There are four Neighbourhood Areas within the Borough which have prepared Neighbourhood Plans. Select from the list below to view further information: