Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has a comprehensive website (part funded by government) 'Planning Help' which sets out the steps involved in producing a neighbourhood plan.

The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 set out how neighbourhood plans have to be prepared.

The Localism Act is the legislation which enables neighbourhood plans to be produced.

The Plain English Guide to the Localism Act.

A Simple Guide for Ward Councillors.

Evidence will be key to neighbourhood planning. In preparation of our planning policy documents we use a wide range of evidence based studies which are available to view here.

In some cases a Sustainability Appraisal and/or a Strategic Environmental Assessment may be required. We intend to commission guidance to assist communities producing neighbourhood plans. Further advice about Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessments.

Planning Aid has a website dedicated to Neighbourhood Planning to support people and communities who are using new powers under the Localism Act 2011 to create neighbourhood plans.

The Woodland Trust has written guidelines on how to incorporate woods and trees into your Neighbourhood Plan.

Historic England has produced some useful guidance on how to incorporate heritage into your Neighbourhood Plan.

The website for Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has a 'Traffic in Villages' toolkit.

Parishes active in Neighbourhood Planning can be viewed by visiting the Neighbourhood Planning Interactive Map.

Below is some useful information for neighbourhood plans:

Janvrin Edbrooke, Neighbourhood Plan Lead for Clyst Honiton has participated in a useful video by UpFront on the potential benefits of undertaking a Neighbourhood Development Order in addition to or instead of a Neighbourhood Plan. The video can be found here.

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