Neighbourhood Planning

Changes to neighbourhood planning in response to Coronavirus

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has released information and advice relating to the effects of Coronavirus/Covid-19 on the neighbourhood planning process.

The Council has produced a guidance note to assist Neighbourhood Plan groups within the District in ensuring that any consultation activities that take place during the pandemic are undertaken appropriately, and in accordance with legislation and government guidance

What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act of 2011.

A Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) establishes a vision and planning policies for its area, as well as proposals for the future development and use of land. The policies will be a significant consideration when Stratford District Council makes decisions on planning applications that fall within the plan's geographic area.

As Stratford district is a parished area, NDPs in our district are developed by communities in partnership with their Town or Parish Council.

Neighbourhood planning is optional. It is up to individual communities to decide whether they wish to produce an NDP or use other existing planning tools (such as parish plans or village design statements) to achieve their aspirations. Our frequently asked questions page explains the differences between these different types of document.

Support and advice

Central government, Stratford District Council, and a number of other organisations provide support and advice for communities who wish to pursue neighbourhood planning.

We can also provide a consultation and local survey service to any community wanting to make progress on their parish or neighbourhood plans.

Neighbourhood plan groups may find some of the documents in our technical evidence base useful for developing and supporting their policies.

Current progress of neighbourhood plans

"Made" neighbourhood plans

Plans currently "in progress"

Plans with an agreed Referendum date

Plans that have reached Examination stage

Plans that have reached Formal Submission consultation / Regulation 16 stage

None currently

Plans that have reached Pre-Submission consultation / Regulation 14 stage

Plans at Area Designation Stage

Find out more

For further information: please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260473 or email

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Contact: the Planning Policy team

Last updated on 06/04/2021