Who can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Localism Act says that a Parish Council is responsible for the delivery of a Neighbourhood Plan covering all or part of its Parish.  However, a Neighbourhood Plan needs to be supported by the whole community so the process must provide opportunity for all relevant stakeholders to be involved, including local organisations and businesses as well as residents and national agencies such as Natural England and English Heritage.

To ensure the process and content is robust all Neighbourhood Plans will be subject to an independent check for compliance with legislation and planning policies before being put to a local referendum where the plan will need to get majority support before it can come into force.

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