Through the Localism Act the government gives 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. We have produced a great deal of information and guidance on neighbourhood plans.

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.

As neighbourhood plans are being produced they have to go through stages of community consultation. Find out which neighbourhood plans, if any, are currently in a consultation stage.