Neighbourhood planning

Step 4:

Bringing the plan into force

Once your draft neighbourhood plan is complete, it's submitted to the local authority. They'll check that you've followed the correct procedures, that you've provided evidence to back up your planning policies and that you've involved the whole community in the process.

The local authority will arrange for an independent planning inspector to check that the plan meets the basic conditions.

Finally, if your plan passes these tests, the local authority will organise a public referendum (vote), so that everyone who lives in your neighbourhood area can decide whether they support it. If more than 50% of the voters are in favour of the plan, the local authority must bring it into force.

This means that it will form part of the statutory Development Plan for that area, so any decisions about whether or not to grant planning permission in the neighbourhood area in the future must be made in accordance with your neighbourhood plan.