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Neighbourhood Development Plans

What are Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDP)?

Through The Localism Act and Neighbourhood Planning Regulations communities have the right to undertake Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs).  These are simply documents - produced by the community for their community - containing maps, lists and policies. They focus on shaping new development so are based on land use and planning issues around practical things such as:

  • provision of  walking and cycling routes
  • design of buildings
  • traffic management
  • utilities
  • affordable housing
  • sites for facilities e.g. shopping area, school, play area
  • where new allotments go
  • wildlife and landscape areas

Have a look at some completed plans

See how GRCC can support you to produce your NDP

What is involved?

The main stages for communities are:

  • STEP 1: Get starteddecide on the area to be covered by the plan, submit your application to be a Designated Neighbourhood Area, set up your steering group and Plan the Plan and budget. An update about funding available can be found here
  • STEP 2: Identify Issuescheck on policies you must conform with, gather information on demographics, land use designations, stock take of facilities plus local surveys as appropriate e.g. retail, traffic
  • STEP 3: Gather opinions- hopes, issues, challenges and use these to produce a vision and objectives
  • STEP 4: Generate options for solutions and test these. This may involve consultation, site assessments and/or surveys
  • STEP 5: Draw up policies and actions and draft the NDP. Mandatory consultation with the community.
  • STEP 6: Submit the NDP to the local authority for a further mandatory consultation stage
  • STEP 7: The local authority organises and pays for an examination of the NDP
  • STEP 8: The local authority organises and pays for a referendum. If more than 50% of those voting vote ‘yes’ for the NDP then it becomes a statutory planning document - one that communities will use to support or challenge planning applications.

These are 2 helpful guides for communities containing details of these stages plus hints and tips:

CPRE guide

Locality Roadmap


Alternatives to NDPs - Find out about parish plans