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Neighbourhood planning enables town and parish councils or designated 'neighbourhood forums' to prepare and agree a plan, with the council, for their neighbourhood area. Once a neighbourhood plan is agreed and meets all the requirements it will form part of the overall development plan for that area. The neighbourhood plan can then be used in the determination of planning applications.
Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and the provisions came into force on 6 April 2012 (excluding the referendum sections). As the local planning authority, the council now has a duty to support and consider
- applications made by a local body, capable of being a forum, for the designation of a neighbourhood area
- applications made by local groups to become the recognised neighbourhood forum for a designated area
- neighbourhood plans prepared by town and parish councils or recognised neighbourhood forums
- neighbourhood development orders prepared by town and parish councils or recognised neighbourhood forums (these grant planning permission for specified development in relation to a particular neighbourhood area)
- community right to build orders prepared by a community organisation (these are a particular type of neighbourhood development order)
Click here for an information leaflet on neighbourhood planning [PDF, 89kb]
ApplicationsAt the time of writing (March 2013) the city has one designated neighbourhood area which was submitted by Rottingdean Parish Council and covers the whole of Parish area. To view a map showing the location of currently designated neighbourhood areas within Brighton & Hove City Council’s Local Planning Authority Area please click here [PDF 5.21 MB]. Rottingdean Parish Council Neighbourhood Area Application
The following table details all the neighbourhood planning applications that have been received by the city council. Where a consultation period is still running and you would like to comment please send these in writing so that they arrive before the end of the consultation to:
or by post to;
Brighton & Hove City Council, Neighbourhood Planning, Room 407-410, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ
Neighbourhood Areas – Applications and Designations
The table below lists the areas where the city council has received an application to designate a Neighbourhood Area. The application form, a map showing the neighbourhood area and decision letter is available to view from the table.
|Neighbourhood Area Name||Name of body that submitted application||Application Form/Letter||Map of Area||Consultation period||Decision|
|Rottingdean Parish Neighbourhood Area||Rottingdean Parish Council||Rottingdean Area Application [PDF, 620 kb]||Map [PDF, 1.97 mb]||
26 November 2012 – 21 January 2013
Approved [PDF, 43 kb]
No other applications have been received by the council as at March 2013.
It should be noted that the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is responsible for Planning within the National Park, some of which lies within the Brighton & Hove adminstrative boundary. Click here to view its neighbourhood planning pages.
Want to find out more?
Find out more about neighbourhood planning in Brighton & Hove
- designation of neighbourhood areas
- neighbourhood forums
- Download our neighbourhood plan quick reference guide [PDF 91.7 kb]
- Download our preparation of a neighbourhood plan guide [PDF 92.3 kb]
Contact us by email email@example.com
Useful information on other websites
Neighbourhood Planning Guidance
- Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
- Princes Foundation
- CPRE / NALC
- RTPI Planning Aid
- Design Council
- Planning Advisory Service (PAS)
- Planning Portal
- Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
- DIY Guide to undertaking sustainability appraisal of neighbourhood
General Planning Guidance
Localism Act 2011
National Planning Policy
Please note: Neighbourhood Governance is a Brighton & Hove City Council initiative to offer neighbourhoods greater power to make decisions about services and budgets to help address issues relevant to them.