What is Neighbourhood Planning?
Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act in 2011 and gives communities the opportunity to shape and define how their area should grow and change in the future.
A Neighbourhood (Development) Plan enables communities to establish planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. Certain formal steps have to be taken to comply with the legislation contained in the Localism Act 2011, including independent examination and a local referendum before the plan can be adopted by the Local Planning Authority and used to guide planning decisions.
In Northumberland National Park, this must be led by parish councils. There are 30 parish councils covering Northumberland National Park and all include at least some land which lies within Northumberland County Council’s Planning Authority. In most cases, therefore, communities wishing to pursue a Neighbourhood Plan will require support from both Planning Authorities. Information on Neighbourhood Planning at Northumberland County Council can be found here.