Government rules give local communities powers to create their own plans and policies. Download 'A step by step guide to producing a Neighbourhood Plan' to see how your community can get involved. You can also view the Government's Planning Policy Guidance on Neighbourhood Planning, which includes key stages and considerations required in developing a Neighbourhood Plan for your area.
Adopted plans form part of the Development Plan for the city and are a material consideration in planning decisions. City of York has adopted the following Neighbourhood Plans:
- Earswick Neighbourhood Plan
- Rufforth and Knapton Neighbourhood Plan
- Upper and Nether Poppleton Neighbourhood Plan
Parish councils/ Neighbourhood Forums in York working towards producing Neighbourhood Plans are:
- Acomb and Westfield Neighbourhood Plan
- Copmanthorpe Neighbourhood Plan
- Deighton Neighbourhood Plan
- Dunnington Neighbourhood Plan
- Elvington Neighbourhood Plan
- Fulford Neighbourhood Plan
- Haxby and Wigginton Neigbourhood Plan
- Heslington Neighbourhood Plan
- Huntington Neighbourhood Plan
- Micklegate Neighbourhood Plan
- Minster Precinct Neighbourhood Plan
- Murton Neighbourhood Plan
- Skelton Neighbourhood Plan
- Strensall with Towthorpe Neighbourhood Plan
Creating Neighbourhood Plans
- Strategic Environmental Assessment directive (SEA)
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive
- Habitats and Wild Birds Directive / Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Flora and Fauna Directive (HRA).
- Waste Framework Directive
- Air Quality Directive
- Water Framework Directive
The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations came into force in April 2012 and set out the detailed legislative framework for undertaking Neighbourhood Plans. These were amended in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
The amendment, which came into force in October 2016, prescribes 2 cases where a Local Planning Authority must designate all of the neighbourhood areas specified in a neighbourhood area application. These are:
- Where a parish council applies for the whole parish to be designated as a neighbourhood area or applies to enlarge an existing designation of a smaller part of the parish to cover the whole of the parish (this requirement does not apply where some of the parish is already part of a neighbourhood area that extends beyond the parish boundaries).
- Where an LPA has not determined an application for designation of a neighbourhood area by the date prescribed. This requirement does not apply where any part of the area applied for has already been designated or is included in an area designation application that has not yet been decided.
The Localism Act
The Localism Act 2011 encourages local communities to come together and get more involved in planning for their areas by producing Neighbourhood Plans which can set out policies for planning, development and the use of land in a neighbourhood, including:
- where new homes and offices should be built
- what they should look like
- what new community facilities are needed and where
A Neighbourhood Plan can be detailed or general depending what local people want, but must still meet the needs of the wider area. In most cases, this means Neighbourhood Plans have to take into account our current 'evidence bases' including assessments of housing and other development needs in the area.