Neighbourhood Planning

Local people can now have a direct and active say in helping to shape development in the areas in which they live through ‘neighbourhood planning’.

Local communities can now take advantage of new powers created by the Government through the Localism Act 2011 to have more of a say in the development of their local area (within certain limits and parameters). This can be done through the following methods:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plans: These plans are policy documents prepared by the community and set out a framework for future development, including design standards and infrastructure. They must be prepared in accordance with the statutory Planning Regulations and following a local referendum they can be adopted by the Council for them to be formally used and recognised in the planning process and part of the Local Plan. 
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders: These orders enable planning permission to be granted by a community without the need for a planning application to be submitted by a developer. 
  • Community Right to Build: A community is able to develop or buy assets to hold in perpetuity subject to certain thresholds.

The legal regulations for the preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan can be found here:

Further information and supporting available to communities relating to Neighbourhood Planning can be found on the following websites:

Neighbourhood Planning in Bradford

Local people can now have a direct and active say in helping to shape development in the areas in which they live through ‘neighbourhood planning’.

Parish and Town Councils along with established Neighbourhood Forums can apply to the Council for their area to be recognised as a Neighbourhood Area. Following this process the group can begin to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

To view applications which have been submitted to the Council, and to check for any current consultations, and to view the decisions made by the Council please visit the Neighbourhood Areas page.

Further information

If you would like further information about any aspect of Neighbourhood Planning you should contact the Development Plan Group in the first instance – please email planning.policy@bradford.gov.uk.

Page last updated: February 2015