Since the 2011 Localism Act was introduced, neighbourhood forums and parish councils have been encouraged to develop their own neighbourhood development plans. There are many areas across Surrey where neighbourhood development plans are already in place and form part of the development plan for that borough or district.
Neighbourhood plans provide an opportunity for communities to guide and shape development in their local areas. Government funding has been made available for local authorities and for parish councils and neighbourhood forums to help with neighbourhood planning. Once neighbourhood plans are in place, the neighbourhoods can benefit from receiving a proportion of the revenues from the Community Infrastructure Levy arising from the development that they have chosen to accept. Surrey County Council's Neighbourhood Planning Guide sets out how we can assist with neighbourhood plan preparation and provides details for useful contacts within the Council.
Detailed guidance on the regulations and processes relating to Neighbourhood Development Plans is available on the Government website neighbourhood planning guidance.
The government also supports an online forum for anyone developing a neighbourhood plan.
Files available to download
- Neighbourhood Planning Guide (386.3 KB)
A guide to assist parish councils and neighbourhood forums build their own neighbourhood development plans.