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 say over how their area is developed they recognise the benefits that appropriate development can bring.

A community can approve the same or a greater level of development as that already set down by the district or borough council – but they will not be able to approve less development, even if that is a majority view.