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How to make a neighbourhood development order

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The key stages shown in the table below are all required by legislation. You can find further help and advice from:

Please note, these steps are indicative only. It is important that you conform to the relevant Act and associated regulations.

 Key stageResponsibility

Establish a ‘qualifying body’ (a neighbourhood forum if there is no parish council)

In non-parished areas, the community group applies to the planning authority to become a neighbourhood forum.


Establish a neighbourhood area

Parish council or forum applies to planning authority


Ensure that your neighbourhood development order meets the basic conditions.

Key stages 3–5 are the responsibility of the parish council or forum. The planning authority has a duty to give advice and assistance.


Undertake pre-submission consultation


Submit order to planning authority


Check conformity

Planning authority



Planning authority



By independent examiner, planning authority to pay



By district


Bring order into force (if more than 50% voting in referendum say ‘yes’)

Planning authority

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