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Guide Frequently asked questions relating to neighbourhood plans

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1. What are Neighbourhood Plans?

Through the Localism Act the government is giving local communities a direct say in the future development of their neighbourhood, parish or town.  A neighbourhood plan is a planning document which guides and shapes development in the local area and is created by local people. Neighbourhood plans are about local development issues, for example, where new homes and community buildings should go. They must focus on guiding development rather than stopping it and need to be in general conformity with national policy and our local planning policies.