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 us, 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 two documents which provide guidance on producing a neighbourhood plan:

Locality Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap: A Step-by-Step Guide

Neighbourhood Planning Summary and Top Tips

We have produced additional guidance for groups who are producing Neighbourhood Plans in Central Bedfordshire. This advice will assist in moving plans forward in light of the circumstances we currently face around COVID-19.

Engagement strategies

As part of this guidance, we request that groups submit a brief engagement strategy to us prior to formal consultation.

Visit Campton and Chicksands Parish Council for an example strategy.

Support available

Information on government grants, direct help and guidance documents are available on Locality's Neighbourhood Planning website. Communities can also access free guidance and advice from the following organisations:

For more information contact us.

Telephone: 0300 300 4353