Neighbourhood Planning helps communities shape development in their area. It is optional and Communities can choose whether they want one or not.
Neighbourhood Plans allow communities to set their own priorities and draw up plans for the use and development of land in their area. They focus on issues such as:
Neighbourhood Plans must broadly match what is in the Council's Local Plan. This sets out our planning policies e.g. how many new homes are needed in Fareham and where they broadly should go.
Neighbourhood Plans are often prepared by Parish or Town Councils. In places like Fareham, where there are none a Neighbourhood Forum can be set up to produce the Plan. You can find out more information about the progress of Neighbourhood Plans in the Borough below:
You have stronger influence over how land is used and developed in your area.
You have more responsibility for planning what your area will look like in the future.
It is not about saying no to development.
It can't influence non-planning issues such as traffic management or street cleaning.
Neighbourhood Development Orders will grant planning permission for a particular type of development e.g. shop in a particular area, without the need to submit a planning application.
Neighbourhood Development Orders can be produced at the same time as the Neighbourhood Development Plan for the area or separately.
You can find out more about what's involved in preparing a Plan by reading our How to make a Neighbourhood Plan webpage.