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Guide Frequently asked questions relating to neighbourhood plans

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6. Can we stop development in our community?

No, a neighbourhood plan can guide development to be more appropriate to local needs and help decide where it should go but the government has made it clear that it is not to be used to stop development.  Many areas have been given housing numbers through the Local Plan and the neighbourhood plan could be used to identify suitable locations for this development. The neighbourhood plan can increase the numbers if desired, for instance to help finance a community facility, but the numbers can't be reduced as this would undermine the strategy of the Local Plan.