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How does a Neighbourhood Plan fit in with the Local Plan?

Neighbourhood​ ​plans​ ​must​ ​be​ ​in​ ​general​ ​conformity​ ​with​ ​the​ ​strategic​ ​priorities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Local​ ​Plan.

The​ ​examination​ ​process​ ​for​ ​neighbourhood​ ​plans​ differs​ ​from​ ​the​ ​examination​ ​process​ ​for​ ​Local Plans in the following ways.​


​Neighbourhood​ ​Plans​ ​are​ ​tested​ ​against​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​“basic​ ​conditions”​ which include checking the conformity of the plan against national planning policies and the strategic policies for the area set out within the Local Plan. Further​ ​information can​ ​be​ ​accessed​ ​here.


If there isn’t an up to date Local Plan, then there​ ​is​ ​nothing​ ​to​ ​prevent neighbourhood​ ​plans​ being​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​advance​ ​of​ ​ a new​ ​Local​ ​Plan​ ​or​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time.​ ​Planning​ ​Practice​ ​Guidance​ ​sets​ ​out​ ​that authorities​ ​and neighbourhood​ ​groups​ ​should​ ​work​ ​closely​ together​ ​in​ ​such​ ​instances.


In most cases an Examination for a Neighbourhood Plan will take place through written representations. Public Hearing sessions for a Neighbourhood Plan will only take place where the appointed Examiner identifies a particular issue that needs to be discussed in public. Where Hearings take place they will usually be in the form of a round-table discussion led by the Examiner. 


Further​ ​advice​ ​can​ ​be​ ​accessed​ ​here.

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