About Neighbourhood Plans
The Localism Act 2011 introduced a right for local communities (usually a Parish or Town Council) to draw up a type of community led plan called a Neighbourhood Plan. Adopted Neighbourhood plans must be used when determining planning applications in the area. The following Plans have been adopted:
- Bradwell With Pattiswick Neighbourhood Plan
- Coggeshall Neighbourhood Plan
- Cressing Neighbourhood Plan
- Hatfield Peverel Neighbourhood Plan
- The Salings Neighbourhood Plan
Broad steps to producing a Neighbourhood Plan include:
- Application by a qualifying body to the Local Authority to designate a neighbourhood area.
- Building of the evidence base
- Community engagement
- Writing the plan
- Presubmission consultation - report and any modifications
- Submitting the plan to the Local Authority
- Publication and consultation of the plan
- Appoint Independent Examiner to examine the plan, supporting documents and consultation responses and make modifications if required
- Referendum - It is necessary to gain a more than 50% ‘yes’ vote in a public referendum to bring these plans and orders into force.
Once a Neighbourhood Plan is made (i.e. brought into legal force by the local authority), it will be
used to determine planning applications and guide planning decisions in the neighbourhood area.
Updated October 2021