Neighbourhood Planning and Guidance

If you’re thinking about starting a neighbourhood plan we recommend that you read the Government’s advice on neighbourhood plans. National network Locality also offers advice and support and have published a number of useful guides.  For more information see Locality’s Neighbourhood Planning pages.

Useful Documents

Further Government planning guidance can be found in the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Practice Guidance.

How can we help?

We will provide information and assistance to local communities who are interested in neighbourhood planning. This will include:

  • advice on the neighbourhood planning process and legislative requirements
  • sharing information and evidence
  • advice on evidence, assessments/appraisal and conformity with the national and local policy framework

We have prepared a Service Level Agreement that sets out the technical advice that it can provide and guidance on the role of the Council and local groups in preparing neighbourhood plans.

Town or parish councils preparing neighbourhood plans will be asked to sign up to this agreement at the beginning of the process of preparing a neighbourhood plan. 

If you are thinking about starting a neighbourhood plan, please complete the Area Designation Request Form or email to discuss your proposal.

Funding & Grants

Details of grants and support for neighbourhood planning can be found on the My Community website. Locality have also published a Neighbourhood Plan Grant & Technical Support Guidance notes on their website which offers guidance about applying for a neighbourhood planning grant.

Details of other professional advice and support for neighbourhood planning is available on the Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Community Council.

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