Guidance and support for neighbourhood plans
Is a Neighbourhood Plan the best option?
Neighbourhood Plans are resource-intensive and expensive due to the formal examination, referendum and several stages of consultation that are needed. Some help is available from Central Bedfordshire Council, but the process is likely to depend heavily on volunteers. In addition to the costs, a Neighbourhood Plan may not be appropriate for addressing the issues raised in certain communities. Where issues do not relate to land use planning, it may be more suitable to produce a Parish Plan.
Guidance on producing a Neighbourhood Plan
Below are three documents which provide guidance on producing a Neighbourhood Plan in Central Bedfordshire:
Information on Government grants, direct help and guidance documents are available on the Locality (link opens in new window) website. Communities can also access free guidance and advice from the following organisations:
- Our Neighbourhood Planning (link opens in new window) (Planning Aid England)
- The Royal Town Planning Institute (link opens in new window)
- The Campaign to Protect Rural England (link opens in new window)
- Planning Advisory Service (link opens in new window)
- The Prince's Foundation (link opens in new window)
For more information contact the Planning Policy Team at Central Bedfordshire Council by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 300 4353.