Question: What is the scope of a Neighbourhood Plan?

Answer: Whilst a Neighbourhood Plan is flexible to some extent in terms of what can be included it must be primarily about the use and development of land and buildings. The following principles apply:

A Neighbourhood Plan can…
•    Decide where and what type of development should happen in the neighbourhood.
•    Promote more development than is set out in the Swindon Local Plan.
•    Include policies, for example, regarding design standards that take precedence over existing policies in the Local Plan for the neighbourhood – provided the Neighbourhood Plan policies do not conflict with the strategic policies in the Swindon Local Plan.
A Neighbourhood Plan cannot…
•    Conflict with the strategic policies in the Local Plan prepared by Swindon Borough Council.
•    Be used to prevent development that is included in the Swindon Local Plan.

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