Frequently asked questions

A neighbourhood area is the area in which the neighbourhood plan will relate to. Further information is available in our guide to neighbourhood areas.

A neighbourhood forum is made up of at least 21 people who will lead and co-ordinate the plan-making process where there is no parish or town council in place. Further information is available in our guide to neighbourhood forums.

A neighbourhood development order allows communities to grant planning permission for development they want to see go ahead in a neighbourhood. For example, it enables them to allow certain developments, such as extensions to houses, to be built without the need to apply for planing application. To enable this to happen the proposal must:

  • Have the agreement of more than 50% of the local people that vote through the referendum.
  • Be in general conformity with national planning policies and strategy elements of the Local Plan.

The community right to build allows communities to undertake small-scale, site specific, community-led developments. Community right to build gives communities the freedom to build new homes, shops, businesses or facilities where they want them, without going through the normal planning application process. To enable this to happen the proposal must:

  • Have the agreement of more than 50% of the local people that vote through the referendum.
  • Be in general conformity with national planning policies and strategy elements of the Local Plan.

No - a neighbourhood plan can guide development to be more appropriate to local context and help decide where it goes, but the government has made it clear that it is not a tool to be used to stop development.

The neighbourhood plan will become part of the formal planning process. It must be in conformity with national planning policies and the strategic policies in the Amber Valley LDF core strategy.

The government want local authorities to get plans in place without delay to reflect the development needs of their local area based on an up to date evidence base. Work can still begin on preparing a neighbourhood plan, however it needs to be remembered that the neighbourhood plan needs to be in conformity to the core strategy.

It is expected that the process will take approximately two years to complete.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841584 or email communityplanning@ambervalley.gov.uk