Neighbourhood planning

Guidance and support for neighbourhood plans

Is a Neighbourhood Plan the best option?

Neighbourhood Plans are resource-intensive and expensive due to the formal examination, referendum and several stages of consultation that are needed. Some help is available from Central Bedfordshire Council, but the process is likely to depend heavily on volunteers. In addition to the costs, a Neighbourhood Plan may not be appropriate for addressing the issues raised in certain communities. Where issues do not relate to land use planning, it may be more suitable to produce a Parish Plan.

Guidance on producing a Neighbourhood Plan

Below are three documents which provide guidance on producing a Neighbourhood Plan in Central Bedfordshire:

Central Bedfordshire Council Neighbourhood Planning Guidance Leaflet (updated Nov 2015) (PDF 419.9KB)

Neighbourhood Planning Information Leaflet (PDF 126.6KB)

Top Tips (PDF 128.5KB)

Support available

Information on Government grants, direct help and guidance documents are available on the Locality (link opens in new window) website. Communities can also access free guidance and advice from the following organisations:

For more information contact the Planning Policy Team at Central Bedfordshire Council by emailing: or calling 0300 300 4353.

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