Neighbourhood planning is booming across England with more and more people working hard to shape their communities.
Neighbourhood planning gives communities in England the right to develop their own plans. Once approved, they form part of the local planning authority’s local plan. Planning is devolved to the nations and sadly neighbourhood planning is an England-specific power. But if you live elsewhere in the UK remember you can still shape the future of your local community by engaging with the development of your local plan.
Plans are written by parish councils or designated community forums. It is a great opportunity for communities to consider the assets and challenges your community has. Drawing up proposals and policies that have real bite in the planning process allows communities to shape their future in a way they have never been able to before.
As of December 2017, more than 1,900 communities, including 8.6 million people are drawing up plans. Following successful referendums, 270 plans have been ‘made’ by local planning authorities across England. That’s a lot of passionate people working hard to plan for their future.