Neighbourhood planning is part of a broad set of reforms introduced by the Localism Act to allow local communities to be more involved in planning where they live or work. For the first time, parish councils or neighbourhood forums can produce plans which can become part of the statutory development plan for the Peak District National Park.
The neighbourhood planning process allows parish councils to examine the capacity for growth within villages and to consider potential sites for a range of new developments, but always subject to the national park’s overall planning policies: the Core Strategy and the saved Local Plan. There are two main ways of doing this:
- Neighbourhood plan
- Neighbourhood development order
A neighbourhood plan can:
- develop a shared vision for your neighbourhood
- choose where new development such as affordable homes should be built
- identify and protect important local green spaces
- influence what new buildings should look like
Neighbourhood development order
A Neighbourhood development order can help to implement a shared vision by granting planning permission to certain types of development in certain locations, without the need to submit a planning application to the National Park Authority.