Neighbourhood planning

Statement regarding Neighbourhood Planning and COVID-19 
 
The Government's advice is that we should stay at home and keep away from others - Government guidance on staying at home and away from others. We would therefore strongly advise town/parish councils preparing neighbourhood plans not to undertake any public consultation (unless it is exclusively online/web-based with an email or online survey response) for the purposes of preparing a neighbourhood plan until the Government's restrictions on the public freedom of movement have been lifted. In addition, town/parish councils should not carry out statutory Pre Submission Consultation and Publicity (Regulation 14*) as it is not considered that the regulatory requirements of consultation and publicity can safely be met.  
 
On 7 April 2020 the Government set out that no Neighbourhood Planning Referendums can take place until 6 May 2021 Government guidance Neighbourhood Planning.
 
We will update parish and town councils and the relevant Council websites when there has been a material change in the circumstances set out above.
 
1st April 2020
 
* The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended
Coronavirus legislation

Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to:
  • make a neighbourhood development plan – sets out where new homes and offices should be built and how they should look
  • make a neighbourhood development order – gives the community the ability to grant planning permission
  • make a Community Right to Build order – gives permission for small-scale, site-specific developments by a community group

The process

  1. Buckinghamshire Council consults on the designation of Neighbourhood Areas
  2. The town or parish council consults on the pre-submission stage of their own neighbourhood plan
  3. Buckinghamshire Council holds a public consultation on the plan, and the responses are sent to an independent examiner
  4. If the plan passes independent examination, the local community votes on whether it supports the plan
  5. If the plan is supported, it will be used to inform planning decisions in that neighbourhood