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​​​​​​​Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning is a key part of the Government’s Localism Agenda. It aims to give local communities greater power to shape development in their area.Neighbourhood planning can be used for a variety of purposes. For example, it can be used to:

  • Identify where new homes, shops and industrial units should be built.
  • Give communities a say on what new buildings look like.
  • Grant planning permission for new development that a community wants.

Local communities now have the right to prepare their own statutory neighbourhood planning documents. These can include Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

Neighbourhood planning cannot promote a lower level of development than is set out in the strategic policies of Local Plan. Neighbourhood planning is very much intended as a tool for shaping development, not halting development or stifling economic growth.

The Council's leaflet on Neighbourhood Planning can be found here.

For more information or to request an application form, please contact the Council's Neighbourhood Planning Officer Claire Haslam on 01452 396825 or​

The following links to external websites may also provide useful information

Hempsted Neighbourhood Area

There is one designated neighbourhood planning area withi​n the city. The application was made by “Hempsted Community Forum”. A map of Hempsted Neighbourhood Area can be found here​. This neighbourhood planning area was designated on 08/01/2014 by planning committee.

Hempsted Community Forum has been designated as the Neighbourhood Forum to take forward the Neighbourhood Development Plan in the Hempsted Area. The forum can be contacted through their website at

For further information please ring Claire Haslam, Neighbourhood Planning Officer on 01452 396825. The outcome of the application will be published on this page.