Neighbourhood planning

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.

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:

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”.