Neighbourhood planning

Fowey, Cornwall

The National Planning Policy Framework for England, introduced in March 2012, and the Localism Bill, 2011, placed a great deal of importance on planning at a local and neighbourhood level.

Creating a vision for your local area

A valuable tool to help with this is through the preparation of neighbourhood plans, which are prepared by local communities and, once made, form part of the statutory development plan for the area.

Neighbourhood planning gives communities the opportunity to create a vision for their area, by agreeing what is special and how character can be preserved and enhanced and by enabling appropriate and sustainable new development.  Heritage can help to achieve a wide range of social, economic and environmental goals, so it is important that it forms part of the wider planning of an area.

Help with neighbourhood planning

The National Trust has published new guidance on neighbourhood planning and heritage, which aims to help communities take a lead in the planning of historic areas by identifying important features and incorporating appropriate policies and objectives. 

Help and support can also be found from a variety of other sources, including:

Read the new guidance Download the PDF