The Localism Act introduces some fundamental changes to the planning system, including the creation of neighbourhood planning.
Neighbourhood planning allows communities to come together through a local parish council or neighbourhood forum to help shape the future of their areas. This includes where new houses, businesses and shops should go or what new development should look like. Plans could be simple or complex; they could contain several policies or they could directly grant planning permission for specific developments or uses.
Plans need to fit in with national and strategic policies.
Current neighbourhood area consultations
There are currently no consultations taking place for neighbourhood areas.
Approved neighbourhood areas
On 2 March 2015, we designated a neighbourhood area in Longwick-cum-Ilmer parish. This area follows the parish boundaries, and is the same area as that applied for by Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council. The documents below set out a map of the neighbourhood area and a statement setting out a summary of the consultation on the proposed area and the reasons for the designation.
On 9 February 2015, we designated a neighbourhood area in Wooburn and Bourne End parish. This area follows the parish boundaries, and is the same area as that applied for by Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council. The documents below set out a map of the neighbourhood area and a statement setting out a summary of the consultation on the proposed area and the reasons for the designation.
On 10 September 2012 our Cabinet agreed to designate a neighbourhood area in the Daws Hill area of High Wycombe. The decision notice, which can be downloaded below, identifies the area which now forms the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area (the area bounded by the solid black line in figure 2 of the document). As this is a reduced area from the one applied for, the decision notice sets out the reasons for this decision, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
We have also formally designated the Daws Hill Residents Association (DHRA) as the neighbourhood forum for the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area. This means that it now constitutes the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum (DHNF), and is authorised to act in relation to the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of producing neighbourhood development plans and orders.
The DHRA's application for neighbourhood forum status contains contact details for the association and its co-chairmen. It also contains a 'terms of reference" document which, according to the formal designation, is taken to constitute the neighbourhood forum's written constitution, in accordance with Section 61F(5)(d) of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act. These documents are available to view below.
- Localism Act plain English guide (external website): a plain English guide explaining the Localism Act, produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government.
- Neighbourhood planning (external website): a short explanation of what neighbourhood planning is, how it works and why it matters.
- A guide to neighbourhood planning (external website): a further guide to neighbourhood planning, produced for the Campaign to Protect Rural England's Planning Help website.
- My community rights (external website): what you need to know about neighbourhood planning and how to get started, including information about possible grants that may be available.
- My community - neighourhood planning (external website): Details of the latest Government support package for groups undertaking neighbourhood planning work
- Community-led planning (external website): information and advice from Community Impact Bucks, including contacts for assistance in carrying out neighbourhood planning.
- Notes on neighbourhood planning (external website): regular bulletins from the neighbourhood planning team at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
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