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Designation of a Neighbourhood Area

The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 set out the process by which community groups can apply to the local authority to have a "neighbourhood area" designated for the purposes of preparing a neighbourhood development plan or a neighbourhood development order.

Any application must include the following:

  • a map identifying the area you want designated a "neighbourhood area"; a precise boundary needs to be identified as neighbourhood areas cannot overlap;
  • a statement explaining why this area is considered appropriate for designation
  • a statement that the organisation or body making the application is capable of being designated as a neighbourhood forum

Following the submission of an application to the council there are several stages to the process of designating a neighbourhood area.


The council must publish (for a minimum of six weeks) details on their website and in such other manner as they consider is likely to bring the area application to the attention of people who live, work or carry on business in the area to which the area application relates. The council will invite representations from the community to consider whether the proposed neighbourhood area is appropriate to be designated.

Consideration of the Application and Determination

The council must formally determine the application at the relevant committee within 13 weeks of publicising the application for designation of a Neighbourhood Area, taking into account representations received during the consultation period.

Publication of a Neighbourhood Area Designation

As soon as possible after designating a Neighbourhood Area, a local planning authority must publish:

  • the name of the Neighbourhood Area
  • a map which identifies the area
  • the name of the relevant body who applied for the designation

If refused, a local planning authority must publish:

  • a document setting out the decision and a statement of their reasons for making that decision
  • details of where and when the decision document may be inspected

In addition to designating a neighbourhood area, any community group wishing to take forward a neighbourhood plan must also establish a neighbourhood forum.



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