Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. It is a fantastic opportunity to you to make sure you get the right types of development for your community.

The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations (2012) allow local communities to:

  • Set planning policies through a Neighbourhood Plan that is used in determining planning applications
  • Grant planning permission through Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

Neighbourhood Plans must adhere to the policies and development plans set down by the Local Planning Authority. A community can approve an equal or greater level of development as that already outlined in the local authority’s Local Plan, but cannot approve less development.

However, unlike the parish, village or town plans that communities may have prepared in the past, a neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Local Plan. This means that decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan, the Neighbourhood Plan, and any other material considerations.

Find out more about neighbourhood planning on the Planning Practice Guidance website.

Neighbourhood Plans & Wildlife

Neighbourhood Plans can be good for local wildlife. They are a great opportunity to improve the local environment, including protecting and enhancing existing assets, such as local parks, nature reserves and other green spaces. When it comes to new development, a Plan can make sure design reflect and compliment the wider countryside and provide space for people and nature.

There are hundreds of parishes and therefore potential Neighbourhood Plans in Sussex, and we can't comment on them all. But we do want to help you take action to help wildlife in your local area.

Learn how to include wildlife in your Neighbourhood Plan