What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Local Communities have been given new powers under the Locality Act (2011) to influence and control the development proposals and planning policies in their area.

The Plan has a legal status and must be taken into account when planning proposals are being decided.

It can:

  • Direct where new homes, shops and workplaces can be built and their type and design quality.
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces and the environment as a whole.
  • Provide a shared vision for the community.


  • It must conform with the strategic policies in Herefordshire Core Strategy 2011-2031
  • Be appropriate in planning terms which will be assessed by a detailed examination in public
  • Be supported by the public which will be tested in a final referendum and only have legal force if a majority of those voting support it.

For More Information

The following provide short, good guides to Neighbourhood Planning:

How to shape where you live

Locality: Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap Guide