Guidance and Resources for Neighbourhood Planners

iFirst Published: 30 Nov 2015 Updated: 4 Oct 2018   
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The Design Council

Research, Evidence, tool kits, case studies and more help to ‘make life better by design’.

View Design Council Resources

Planning Support (Locality)

Official government website for neighbourhood plan toolkits & guidance (by Locality)

Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning Guide

Meet the twin challenges of rising energy costs and climate change.
View the PDF guide

One Planet Living (Bioregional)

Make truly sustainable living a reality.  One Planet Living uses ecological footprinting and carbon footprinting as its headline indicators.  It is based on ten guiding principles of sustainability as a framework.
One Planet Living Guide


DfT Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy

The Neighbourhood `plan must conform with government policy. The government’s vision is for cycling and walking to become the natural choice for shorter journeys. 

The cycling and walking investment strategy sets out the DfT’s ambitions for increasing the number of journeys and journey stages made on foot or by bicycle


An amazing resource for anyone concerned about road safety in our neighbourhood.

View Crash Map data

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Planning Portal

“Do you need permission?” Planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.

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Conservation & Heritage in Hove

Areas considered to be of: “special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”

Heritage and Conservation Portal

Organisations that support our objectives

  • Custom Pharma Services Ltd
  • Regency Society
  • Hove Civic Society
  • DK Architects
  • Vallance Community Centre
  • Mike Whelan Creative Services
  • Honeycroft Centre
  • T A Architects
  • Blatchington Court Trust
  • Small Batch Coffee Roasters
  • Brighton & Hove Energy Services Company – BHESCo
  • CornerSite Computers
  • How to get your organisation involved and show your support