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Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood planning is a new approach to planning, which relates to the use of land in local areas such as a parish or a neighbourhood.    It gives local people the opportunity to influence how a neighbourhood develops through the planning system.  Using their local knowledge, the community can shape and influence the place where they live, determining what needs to be protected and what needs to change.  Within the context of national and local strategic planning policies, it allows people to come together and say where they think new houses and businesses should go and what they should look like.

A neighbourhood plan can be brought forward by either a parish council or, where there is no parish council, an organisation or body which is, or is capable of being, designated as a neighbourhood forum.   A Forum must have 21 members and should include people who live, work, have businesses in the area or are locally elected member(s).

Type of neighbourhood planning

There are three types of neighbourhood planning your community may wish to bring forward:

  • Neighbourhood Plan- A Plan which establish your vision and general planning policies and proposals for the future development and use of different plots of land in your local community area. You don't need to be an expert on planning to take part in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and it is the community representatives that write the Plan, not the Council.  The neighbourhood plan, once adopted, will form part of the Development Plan.  This means that decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan and the neighbourhood plan, and any other material considerations.
  • Neighbourhood Development Order - allows you to grant planning permission for certain types of development that you want to see go ahead in your community area.
  • Community Right to Build Order - allows you to grant planning permission for the local community to build small-scale housing developments, community facilities or shops.

Neighbourhood Planning in Ashfield

All neighbourhood areas currently designated are shown on the Neighbourhood Plan Designation Map.  Information on applications for neighbourhood plan received by Ashfield District Council is available as follows:

Further Information

General information on neighbourhood planning is available from:


Contact a member of the Ashfield Forward Planning Team