Introduction to neighbourhood planning

Information on neighbourhood plans, neighbourhood development orders and community right to build orders.

Neighbourhood planning enables local communities to have greater influence in shaping the planning and development of their area. In Surrey Heath, neighbourhood planning can be undertaken by Parish Councils or neighbourhood forums. 

Neighbourhood planning tools

The Localism Act 2011 sets out three neighbourhood planning tools: 

Neighbourhood development plans (NDP)

This allows you to set out the vision for an area and the planning policies for the use and development of land within your parish or neighbourhood area. Once adopted, a neighbourhood plan becomes part of the development plan for the area along with adopted local plans. It will be used to determine planning applications in your neighbourhood.

Find out more about about neighbourhood planning resources in Surrey Heath.

Neighbourhood development orders (NDO)

This allows you to grant up front planning permission for certain types of use the community wants.

Community right to build orders (CRBO)

A type of neighbourhood development order that grants planning permission for the local community to build small scale housing developments, community facilities or shops.

Find out more about NDOs and CRBOs on the neighbourhood development orders section of the Neighbourhood Planning website (external link).