What Is A Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area.


A Neighbourhood Plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, and planning policies. It may also include proposals for:


  • improving the area
  • or providing new facilities
  • or allocating key sites for specific kinds of development
  • It may also deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues only


The Blackrod Neighbourhood Plan aims to consider the following areas:


  • Housing
  • Community Facilities
  • Roads, transport and other infrastructure
  • Open Spaces and the Natural Environment
  • Parks, pathways and other rights of way
  • Economy & Employment
  • Retail & Town centre
  • Heritage
  • Design Standards


A Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local documents such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.


Neighbourhood Planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and gives communities the power to get the right type of development appropriate for their community. The planning system helps decide what is built, where and when. In theory, planning was meant to allow communities to have a say in what happens on their doorstep. In practice, this hasn’t happened. The government wish to change this by giving back the power to those who live and work in an area – allowing them to make the decisions.


Neighbourhood plans must have regard to the local councils’ policies and documents but these can be moulded to suit a particular area as the local community directs.


The local planning authority (BMBC), have a duty to support communities making a neighbourhood plan and will check that the plan meets certain minimum conditions.


A referendum will be organised by the local authority ensuring that the local community have the final say on whether a neighbourhood plan comes in to force in their area.


You can read further about Neighbourhood Planning by following the links below:


What is Neighbourhood Planning?
Giving communities more power www.gov.uk
Locality Neighbourhood Planning funding and support