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Neighbourhood plans

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.

Neighbourhood planning and your community

View our checklist to see if a neighbourhood development plan is the right approach for your parish.

Funding and support

There are many resources available to neighbourhood plan groups through the Locality website. They offer guidance on grant funding and technical support, to toolkits explaining how to go about the various tasks involved in plan making.

Neighbourhood plans in North Somerset

Backwell, Claverham, Congresbury, Long Ashton and Yatton plans have been made, and are part of, the development plan for North Somerset.

Neighbourhood areas have been also designated 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.