Neighbourhood planning - making it easier to get involved: advice for local authorities
In January 2016 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) awarded over £700k to 22 local authorities to:
- Explore how to better support neighbourhood planning by piloting ways of making neighbourhood planning an integral part of their planning process, for example in relation to Local Plan-making, or:
- Identify ways of involving or delegating planning decisions to neighbourhood planning groups, or
- Make changes to their service to ensure that they have an up-to-date Local Plan in place by 2017.
Each authority proposed to redesign their support services in different ways, which ranged from developing digital engagement to improving local collaboration.
The outputs produced are a series of tools, reports and case studies that achieved the above aims in different ways:
- Engaging local communities - DCLG has supported 5 Local Authorities who are testing how to make it easier for communities to get involved in planning.
- Managing essential data and local information - Having accurate data on the local area and all it contains is essential to both a Local Plan and a Neighbourhood Plan, and therefore it is important that both Local Authorities and communities have access to great data and the skills to interpret it. Four Local Authorities used DCLG's support to redesign services and improve access to data they hold as well as to improve the skills in the use of data of communities wishing to engage in planning.
- Creative use of resources and integrated working - Resourcing local neighbourhood planning processes is important. The following tools show how this can be helped by the creative use of existing resources and joined up working between authorities.
Further case studies will be available shortly.
Developed by Birmingham City Council
Developed by Cornwall County Council
Involving community groups with clear visions for their communities - A toolkit for local authorities
Developed by Bath and North East Somerset Council
Developed by Test Valley
Compiled by Milton Keynes Council
Developed by Cheltenham Borough Council
Developed by Medway Council
‘Data play' sessions to spark interest amongst communities and local technology companies in data available from an authority and how they might use it
An approach piloted by Plymouth City Council
Opening up access to information on the natural and historic environment of the area held by Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council
Increasing understanding of the data used in the planning process in particular amongst young people - A project to understand what data is held and to improve access to it
Led by East Devon District Council
Improving how data is held and made available for Neighbourhood Planning - A toolkit for environmental and transport data
Developed by Devon County Council
Unlocking the potential of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to support the objectives of a Neighbourhood Plan - A toolkit and template
Developed by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Enabling small local authorities to draw on a larger authority's skills in supporting communities through an income generating service
Sharing Peterborough City Council's experiences of supporting local planning in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire