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Neighbourhood planning

The Localism Act received Royal Assent in November 2011 and introduces some fundamental changes to the planning system, including the creation of neighbourhood planning. This gives local communities the opportunity to draw up their own plans for shaping the future of their areas, so long as they comply with national and strategic policies.

Neighbourhood planning allows communities to come together through a local parish council or neighbourhood forum and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go or what they should look like. Such documents could be simple or complex; they could contain several policies or they could directly grant planning permission for specific developments or uses.

For information on applications from residents' associations or other groups to designate a neighbourhood area or forum, please see our neighbourhood area and forum applications page.

For information on the current status of the Daws Hill neighbourhood area and forum applications, please open link to go to the Daws Hill area page.

More information on Localism can be found on our Localism and the Big Society page.

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