The Neighbourhood Plan Process
There are 5 key stages to neighbourhood planning.
STAGE 1: Defining the neighbourhood
STAGE 2: Preparing the plan
STAGE 3: Independent check
STAGE 4: Community referendum
STAGE 5: Legal force
Once a neighbourhood plan is in force following a successful referendum, it carries real legal weight.
Decision makers are obliged to consider proposals for development in the neighbourhood against the neighbourhood plan.
|Figure 1 courtesy of http://locality.org.uk