Neighbourhood Plan


This section aims to answer some of the common questions about neighbourhood plans in general, and about these apply to Chiseldon Parish. We’re grateful to our Consultant, Andrea Pellegram, for help with its construction. If your query isn’t answered here, please contact us.

1. About Neighbourhood Plans

A neighbourhood plan is:

  • A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area – planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications.
  • Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
  • A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.

2. The Scope of Neighbourhood Plans

A neighbourhood plan can:

  • Add detail to existing and emerging local plan policy.
  • Alert developers to the needs of the local community so that you negotiate more successfully.
  • Help your parish council prioritise its infrastructure spending.

A NHP has some limitations:

  • It cannot prevent allocated development (especially housing) from proceeding.
  • It cannot change or conflict with higher-tier policies.
  • It cannot deal with anything that is not material to the planning system.
  • It cannot override the powers of statutory undertakers.

3. Paying for an NHP

There is Government funding available to work through the NHP process.  Chiseldon Parish Council has received full funding for their NHP, minus any extra staffing costs that cannot be included.