Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act (2011) provides a local tier to the planning system called Neighbourhood Planning. This allows local communities the option of producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, a Neighbourhood Development Order, or a Community Right to Build Order for their area.

It provides communities with a more direct means of shaping development in their local areas. Neighbourhood planning provides communities with the opportunity to produce plans for their local area called Neighbourhood Development Plans which are statutory (legally prescribed) and when adopted form part of the development plan for the area.

The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 designate Parish or Town Councils as the responsible body for neighbourhood planning in parishes in Wealden District.

If you or your community are interested in neighbourhood planning we recommend that you initially contact your Parish Council to discuss and develop ideas on how it is being used or how it could be used in your area.

We have prepared a Guide to Neighbourhood Planning which provides information to help communities decide whether to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan and sets out what steps should be followed to prepare a plan that reflects what the community wants to achieve.

If you are representing a Town or Parish Council that is considering producing a Neighbourhood Plan or Development Order within Wealden District, please contact us using the following contact details; or 01892 602008.

Following a recent European Court of Justice judgement decision Wealden District Council has prepared a position statement and advice to Town and Parish Council’s undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan: Advice to Town and Parish Councils

More details and a guide to Neighbourhood Planning can be found on the Department of Communities and Local Government website .