In 2011, as part of the the Localism Act, the Government has given communities more of a say in the development of their local area. Communities can draw up a Neighbourhood Plan, setting out a vision for an area and planning policies that will determine the future of the places where they live and work.

The Neighbourhood Plan will address local issues. The Neighbourhood Plan will sit within the context of the Local Plan, drawn up by the Council, which will address strategic issues. Neighbourhood plans need to be compatible with national policies and the policies in the Council’s local plan.

If a neighbourhood plan is adopted it will become a statutory plan and be used in making decisions on planning applications.