What is a neighbourhood plan, and what is the relationship between the local plan and neighbourhood plans?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 to help communities shape development in their areas. Neighbourhood plans become part of the local plan. A neighbourhood plan cannot block development that is already part of the local plan, but they can shape where that development will go and what it will look like. Neighbourhood plans should conform with ‘strategic’ policies set out in the local plan. The GNLP will identify which policies are considered to be strategic. 

A number of neighbourhood plans have been adopted (“made”) in the area. Others are in the course of preparation or are proposed. The following list sets out the current position:

Broadland

Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted in the following areas:

Norwich

Application has been made for a neighbourhood plan covering the northern part of Norwich City Centre and the area around the Cathedral and Tombland.

South Norfolk

  • Cringleford Neighbourhood Plan is adopted and in effect since 2014
  • Mulbarton Neighbourhood Plan is adopted and in effect since 2016
  • Easton Neighbourhood Plan is adopted and in effect since 2017
  • Diss and district have begun the process of producing a neighbourhood plan 
  • Poringland have applied for a neighbourhood plan 
  • Dickleburgh and Rushall have applied for a neighbourhood plan