The Localism Act 2012 sets out a range of mechanisms to hand greater power to local councils and local communities, and give people a greater say in decisions that affect their neighbourhoods, including:

  • Neighbourhood development plans.
  • Neighbourhood development orders.
  • Community right to build orders.

Neighbourhood planning is optional, but can enable communities to become more actively involved in how development happens in their local area.

Neighbourhood development plans

Neighbourhood development plans are voluntary local planning policy documents, written and developed by the community. The Council has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document which is available to download below.

Neighbourhood development orders and community right to build orders

Neighbourhood development orders and community right to build orders are mechanisms by which communities can allow particular development or types of development to go ahead without the need for planning permission:

  • Neighbourhood development orders would directly grant permission for certain specified types of development.
  • Community right to build orders would enable small scale, site specific development without the need for a planning application.

What will the Council do to help?

The Council will provide information and assistance to local communities who are interested in neighbourhood planning. This will include:

  • Advising on the neighbourhood planning process.
  • Sharing information and evidence.
  • Helping with consultation events, and helping communicate with external partners.
  • Providing advice on evidence, assessments/appraisal and the national and local policy framework.

If you are interested in neigbourhood planning, please contact the Planning Policy Team by email on LDF@reigate-banstead.gov.uk or call us on 01737 276178.

Other resources

General guidance on neighbourhood planning

Community support organisations