FAQ

What’s Happening Near Me?

There are two ways to find out what developments, workshops and events are happening near you, and how your local area could be improved or affected by the Neighbourhood Plan: 1. browse articles on a… more →

What is the City Plan and DA6?

The City Plan Part One is Brighton & Hove Council’s top-level strategic policy framework to guide the new development required across the city – including “Development Area 6 (DA6)”. The first draft of the city… more →

What is a community-led Neighbourhood Plan?

The Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document which sits alongside the Council’s City Plan and has to be taken into account by the Local Planning Authority when making decisions on planning applications. It’s purpose is… more →

Why does Hove need a community-led neighbourhood plan?

Major developments are happening in the Hove Station area (DA6). This is the result of top-down planning by the city council. In response to this, two Neighbourhood Forums were set up in the Hove area:… more →

Who’s preparing the Hove Station plan?

Neighbourhood plans depend almost entirely on the voluntary resources that a community can muster. Luckily for Hove, a group of experienced local businesses and residents (including architects and planning professionals)  – the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum… more →

How is the Plan being prepared, what are the rules?

Neighbourhood planning can be kept very simple. It is the community’s plan and needs only to deal with the planning issues that matter to us. See the simple guide to writing planning policies ➔. The… more →

Do neighbourhood plans have to be evidence based and deliverable?

Yes, neighbourhood plans must have appropriate regard to national policy, including the National Planning Policy Framework and any evidence requirements set out in this. The Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum is abiding by the legal requirements and… more →

What Funding, Guidance and Support is available to make a neighbourhood plan?

Guidance We have a great collection of links to expert resources and support networks Funding The Government has allocated over £23m between 2018 – 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development… more →

Isn’t neighbourhood planning just a tool for those who want to block development?

In a word, no! Neighbourhood planning enables communities to shape the development of their local area in a positive way. With over 260 plans now in force, early findings suggest that when communities get a… more →

Can a Neighbourhood Plan stop development?

In theory, yes – approved neighbourhood planning documents can play a key role in stopping unwanted development. The documents name sites for housing developments and, if they are approved in a referendum, they become a… more →

Are Neighbourhood Plans worthwhile and effective?

In England, roughly 1,600 groups are currently writing Neighbourhood Plans (NPs), eight million people live in a designated NP area, and that nearly £7m in government grants has been allocated to groups across the country. Academic… more →

How many Neighbourhood Plans get voted in / approved?

Out of 52 published referendums, the average ‘Yes’ vote was 88%, with an average turnout of 32%, slightly above local election turnouts.

Can a land owner object at examination if his site is not allocated for development in a neighbourhood plan?

Examinations will be by written representations, examiners will have the ability (indeed will have a duty) to hear oral representations, where necessary, to ensure adequate examination of issues or to ensure a person has a… more →

Do town councils make the final decision on all new development if they have a neighbourhood plan?

Yes, decision-making on planning applications rests with the Local Planning Authority (LPA). The community leads on preparing the plan and setting out the policies for development in their area but it is the LPA that… more →

How can good design be made into policy?

A neighbourhood plan enables a community to influence the design and character of future development in the area where they live. This means producing polices which set forth specific design requirements for a neighbourhood area… more →

What is a Design Code?

A design code provides detailed design guidance for a site or area; they prescribe design requirements (or ‘rules’) that new development within the specified site or area should follow. They can include requirements for built… more →

What is a Concept Plan?

A concept plan is a flexible plan – drawn up by urban design specialists and the local community – which can under go many changes before becoming a master plan. See our Concept Plan for… more →

What is a Master Plan?

A master plan is a detailed long-term planning document which will be executed until the end of a project. It provides a layout to guide future growth and development. Master planning is about making the connection… more →