Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum Designations

Archived April 2016. This page will no longer be updated.

Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and Planning and Compulsory
Purchase Act 2004, Local Planning Authorities have a statutory duty to advise or
assist communities in the preparation of Neighbourhood Development Plans
The Localism Act 2011 (Part 6 chapter 3) sets out the LPA responsibilities.
These include designating the area of the Neighbourhood Development Plan and
designating a Neighbourhood Forum (where relevant). The Neighbourhood
Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 which came into force on 9
February 2015 introduce time limits by which LPA's must determine applications
for designation of a neighbourhood area.
This briefing note provides information to local planning authorities on current practice.