Neighbourhood Planning Guide
This guide has been produced by RCCE in partnership with the Essex Planning Officers Association and the Essex Community Led Planning Officer Network.
Thanks are also due to the following for permission to use extracts from their publications: Richard Squires, Broadland District Council - Neighbourhood Planning Guidance.
Riki Therivel, Levett-Therivel & URS - DIY SA guide.
This guide draws on RCCE experience of supporting other types of community led planning but it is important to remember that the process of Neighbourhood Planning is still being tested.
It is essential that the local planning authority is involved throughout the process; however, each local authority will have different resources for neighbourhood planning.
The following may also be able to provide assistance:
Essex County Council and Unitary Councils
Rural Community Council of Essex
Campaign for the Protection of Rural England in partnership with the National Association of Local Councils
Forum for Neighbourhood Planning
The Princes Foundation
Planning Advisory Service
Some of these organisations have in the past been funded by government to Support Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning and their assistance may be free of charge (subject to meeting specific criteria). Others will charge for their support.
Before starting work on a Neighbourhood Plan, communities are advised to contact their local authority and establish the type of support available in their area.
The Guide can be viewed on line, via the links below, or downloaded as a PDF file
What it is, why do it and who to involve.
An overview of the stages and steps
Preparing an Evidence Base
Finalising your Plan