4. What area should the plan cover?
Any area can have a neighbourhood plan. They can cross local authority boundaries - although they should not overlap with other neighbourhoods who may also wish to produce a plan for their area. Parish councils will need to apply to us to have an area designated and we will need to advertise the proposal and agree it before the neighbourhood plan can be started. We recommend that before applying for a neighbourhood area to be designated, parish councils give careful consideration to the types of issue which are most important to them and whether these issues are likely to impact on neighbouring areas. We will ask whether consultation has been carried out with neighbouring councils.