Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning is the government's reform agenda which aims to:

  • incentivise housing and economic growth
  • put more power into the hands of local people
  • deliver a simpler planning system

It was introduced through the Localism Act and Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012. Further information can be accessed on the Department for Communities and Local Government website.

What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood Planning:

  • provides communities with the opportunity to prepare planning policies for their area
  • is a community initiated process, led by the business and residential communities, and not the council
  • is not compulsory, it is not about strategic issues and it is not about stopping development

What is a neighbourhood plan?

A neighbourhood plan:

  • is applicable to a specific community area
  • forms part of the statutory development plan, once adopted
  • needs to have regard to national planning policy and to be in general conformity with strategic policies

Local or neighbourhood forums decide on the scope of issues and the policies to be covered (currently Poole has two, Broadstone and Poole Quays).

Neighbourhood forum

The role of the neighbourhood forum is to:

  • instigate the process of preparing the neighbourhood plan
  • lead on the plan preparation
  • involve key organisations and individuals in preparing the plan
  • keep people informed of progress on the plan
  • prepare the required evidence
  • ensure the required statutory duties are undertaken

Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders

Read more about Neighbourhood Planning/Community Right to Build and the powers available to carry out development.

The role of the Local Planning Authority (LPA)

The role of the Local Planning Authority is to:

  • support and advise
  • set the strategic planning context for the plan
  • designate neighbourhood areas if applications are received
  • consult on the plan submitted to the local planning authority
  • apply a validation check of the plan
  • arrange the examination and referendum
  • adopt the plan

Contact details


01202 633321

Growth and Infrastructure
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 18 July 2018
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