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Neighbourhood planning

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.

Further information

  • 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.
  • 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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