Local communities can help to shape new development in their area by creating a neighbourhood plan.
Neighbourhood development plans
Town and parish councils can prepare planning policies for the development and use of land in their area. They can allocate sites for development but should not promote less development than the existing local plan.
Neighbourhood development orders
Communities can use neighbourhood development orders to permit the developments they want without planning applications.
Community right to build
This allows some community organisations to bring forward small-scale development on a specific site without the need for planning permission.
Is neighbourhood planning right for our community?
View our checklist to see if a neighbourhood development plan is the right approach for your parish.
Funding and support
Neighbourhood plans in North Somerset
Backwell, Claverham and Long Ashton’s plans have been made and are part of the development plan for North Somerset. The Claverham plan was made on 20 February 2018 and you can view the referendum result and previous stages.
Plans are being prepared for:
- Winscombe and Sandford
- Pill/Easton-in-Gordano and Abbots Leigh
Hutton Parish Council have submitted a neighbourhood area application
Community Right to Build Orders in North Somerset
A community right to build order has been prepared for a new village hall/community centre in Congresbury. The referendum took place on Thursday 15 September 2016. Over 50% of the votes cast were in favour of the Order and so it will go before Council on 8 November 2016 to be formally “made”.