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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
 1

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.

 2

Establish a neighbourhood area

Parish council or forum applies to planning authority

 3

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.

 4

Undertake pre-submission consultation

 5

Submit order to planning authority

 6

Check conformity

Planning authority

 7

Publicise

Planning authority

 8

Examination

By independent examiner, planning authority to pay

 9

Referendum

By district

 10

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

Planning authority

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