What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

What is Neighbourhood Development Planning?

A  Neighbourhood Development Plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in an area. The Plan has a legal status and must be taken into account when planning proposals are being decided. 

It can: 

  • Direct where new homes, shops and workplaces can be built and their type and design quality. 
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces and the environment as a whole. 
  • Provide a shared vision for the community. 


  • It must conform with the strategic policies in Herefordshire Core Strategy 2011-2031 and national planning policy 
  • Be supported by the public which will be tested in a final referendum and only have legal force if a majority of those voting support it.

For More Information

The following provide short, good guides to Neighbourhood Planning:

Herefordshire Council   https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/downloads/download/490/neighbourhood_planning_guidance_documents

Campaign to Protect Rural England publication: How to shape where you live  https://www.cpre.org.uk/resources/how-to-shape-where-you-live-a-guide-to-neighbourhood-planning/

Government Neighbourhood Planning Website:  https://www.neighbourhoodplanning.org

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