Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act (2011) Part 6, Chapter 3 introduces new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape development in their area by coming together to prepare Neighbourhood Plans.

Neighbourhood planning can be taken forward by two types of body - town and parish councils or 'neighbourhood forums'. Neighbourhood forums are community groups that are designated to take forward neighbourhood planning in areas without parishes. It is the Local Planning Authority’s role to agree who should be the neighbourhood forum for a neighbourhood area.

Neighbourhood Development Plans

Neighbourhood forums and parish councils can use new neighbourhood planning powers to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood by producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Neighbourhood Development Orders

Communities can use neighbourhood planning to permit the development they want to see - in full or in outline - without the need for planning applications through a Neighbourhood Development Order.

If you are looking to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan for your area, please contact your local Parish Council.

We have prepared the following set of guidance sheets to explain the important aspects in preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Neighbourhood Plans in Stafford Borough

We have designated the following Neighbourhood Plan areas across Stafford Borough:

For the latest news on Neighbourhood Planning please visit

Locality have several useful documents on their website including a Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide. To view this document and for other information please visit the Locality website.

A to Z of Services