Neighbourhood planning helps local communities to play a direct role in planning the areas where they live and work
Neighbourhood plans can be created by town councils, parish councils or neighbourhood forums. They are optional but can be used to show how a community wants land to be used and developed in its area.
Once prepared, an independent examiner will check that it meets basic standards.
We will organise a referendum on a plan or order that meets basic standards. This gives the community a final say on whether it comes into force.
People living in the neighbourhood can vote in the referendum if they are registered to vote in local elections. A referendum is conducted in a similar way to a local election.
The local planning authority will bring the plan into force if more than 50% of voters are in support.