Neighbourhood planning/community right to build

Neighbourhood Plans aim to give communities more say about what can be built in their area, while the intention of the Community Right to Build is to enable the community to build small-scale, site specific projects without going through the normal planning process.

Neighbourhood planning cannot be used to block the building of the homes and businesses considered to be necessary to meet the town’s current and future needs and which are already included in local Development Plans or Planning Policies. However, you can use it to influence the type, design, location and mix of new development.

Further information on its origin and purpose can be found on the Neighbourhood Planningpage.

If you want to explore these issues you will need to establish a neighbourhood forum that is recognised by the council.

Existing neighbourhood forums in Poole

There are currently two neighbourhood forums in Poole. They are:

The process

Neighbourhood planning involves producing either:

  • a Neighbourhood Development Plan - this establishes the vision and planning policies for the use and development of land in your neighbourhood. Once adopted, it will be used when deciding planning applications
  • a Neighbourhood Development Order - this grants consent in a particular area for types of new developments that the community want to see go ahead
  • a Community Right to Build Order - this is a type of neighbourhood development order which gives communities the power to develop, for instance, small scale housing and other facilities that they want without the need to apply for planning permission

These structures are subject to an independent examination and a local referendum before they can be adopted.

What to do next

If you are considering becoming a Neighbourhood Forum then you are welcome to discuss your proposals with the Monitoring Officer prior to making a formal application. Please contact the Monitoring Officer on 01202 633021or email

To apply, please download and complete the Neighbourhood Forum application form. The Neighbourhood Forum Designation Procedureis also available.

In addition to advice from us, the following organisations may be able to offer assistance:

Page last updated: 11 March 2019
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