Neighbourhood Planning Referendums

More information about the neighbourhood planning process can be found on our Neighbourhood Plans page.

How Neighbourhood Planning Referendums work - a brief summary of the key stages through to the Referendum and after

Step 1: Designation of a Neighbourhood Area
A neighbourhood area is designated (and if appropriate a neighbourhood forum) following an application to the local planning authority from a relevant body (Parish/Town council, prospective neighbourhood forum or community organisation) 

Step 2: Preparation of the Plan or Order
A draft Neighbourhood Plan or Order is prepared by the qualifying body (generally the relevant body who submitted the application) who develop proposals advised or assisted by the local planning authority

Step 3: Pre-submission publicity and consultation
The qualifying body publicises the draft Plan or Order and invites representations

Step 4: Submission to the local planning authority
The qualifying body submits the neighbourhood plan or Order proposal to the local planning authority which checks that the submitted proposal complies with all relevant legislation

Step 5: Independent Examination
The local planning authority sends the Plan/Order proposal and representations to an independent examiner who undertakes an examination and issues a report to the local planning authority and qualifying body who takes the decision on whether to send the Plan/Order to Referendum

Step 6: The Referendum
The relevant Council organises a referendum enabling people in the neighbourhood plan area to vote on the introduction of the plan and/or the Order.

Step 7:  Implementation
Should more than half of those voting cast their vote in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan or the Order, they come into force as part of the statutory development plan for the area and take legal effect once made by the local planning authority.