Who can prepare a neighbourhood plan?

There are two types of 'qualifying body' that can prepare a neighbourhood plan:

  • Parish and town councils: In areas where a parish or town council exists, these are the only bodies that can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan produced by a parish or town council does not have to cover the whole area of the parish or town. Alternatively, a Neighbourhood Plan can extend across parish boundaries.

  • Neighbourhood forums: Where a parish or town council does not exist, community members can come together to create a neighbourhood forum. Only one neighbourhood forum is allowed to exist for each neighbourhood to be covered by a Neighbourhood Plan. There are particular rules that will determine whether a neighbourhood forum has been correctly set up.

Breckland is a parished area so the qualifying body would normally be the parish or town council. As such, parish and town councils intending to produce a neighbourhood plan are required by Regulation 5 (The Neighbourhood planning (General) Regulations 2012) to apply to the Council to have their areas designated.

Last updated: 22/03/2021 14:29:15