Neighbourhood Planning

CCA is the leading provider of neighbourhood planning support in Cheshire
The Localism Act 2011, for the first time, gave communities the ‘right to plan’. This new ‘community right’ gives communities the power to form their own land-use planning policies.
Once adopted, a Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the Local Authority Development Plan and is used in determining planning applications alongside the National Planning Policy Framework and the relevant Local Plan.

Cheshire Community Action provides support with:

•    Registering a Neighbourhood Area
•    Setting up a steering group
•    Applying for funding and budgeting
•    Project Planning
•    Support at events
•    Evidence gathering and community engagement
•    Writing planning policies based on evidence
•    Advice on Neighbourhood Planning Regulations
•    Drafting of a consultation statement, basic conditions statement and meeting EU obligations

Our chartered planners have supported over 60 Neighbourhood Planning Groups. We work closely with Local Planning Authorities and offer a bespoke not-for-profit planning consultancy service to ensure that our clients receive the support they need whether it is a small Parish Council at the start of the process, or a larger, well established project.

Neighbourhood Planning Volunteer:

“When we started our Neighbourhood Plan, we struggled as a Steering Group to understand the process. It is a very technical and legal process and Cheshire Community Action demystified a lot of the jargon and planning-speak that was very daunting to us. Cheshire Community Action’s chartered planners were able to help us carry out effective consultations and find the right evidence. We now feel much better equipped to engage with the planning system.”

For more information about Neighbourhood Plans and the support we offer, please contact John, Lucy or Richard on the details below.