Foreword

The Localism Act sets out how communities will be able to get
more involved in planning for their areas – specifically around
creating plans and policies to guide new development and in
some cases granting planning permission for certain types of
development.
Neighbourhood planning is about letting the people who know
about and care for an area plan for it. It is led by the residential
and business community, not the council, and is about building
neighbourhoods – not stopping growth.
Neighbourhood planning is optional but if adopted by the Council,
neighbourhood plans and orders will have weight becoming part
of the statutory plan making framework for your area.
Neighbourhood planning is also not entirely new – it can build on
existing community planning work.
If you felt a bit removed from planning as a ward councillor then
neighbourhood planning is an opportunity for you to get more
involved – even if you’ve previously been put off planning by
perceived complexity, controversy or jargon.