What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a set of policies that help to shape future development of a place. Neighbourhood Planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the future development and growth of their local area.

How does it work?

Through a process of ongoing engagement, local people are able to choose how to improve their area, addressing a wide range of topics such as housing, employment, heritage and transport and the associated social, economic and environmental issues.

Does it start from scratch?

No, there have been local plans written for Penryn in the past and there are also lots of fantastic community initiatives to improve the town for its residents, businesses and visitors. The plan takes all of the existing information into account as well as collecting new information to develop the future policies. All of this information and analysis of the local area is called the evidence base.

How does it shape future development?

A Neighbourhood Plan is subject to a yes/no referendum and then forms part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents. The Localism Act 2011 introduced statutory Neighborhood Planning in England.

By law, a Neighbourhood Plan must:

- Be appropriate having regard to national policy

- Contribute to the achievement of sustainable development

- Be in general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan for the local area

- Be compatible with human rights requirements

- Be compatible with EU obligations