Neighbourhood Plan Health Check & Support

Neighbourhood Plan Examinations, Neighbourhood Plan Examiners

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community. Neighbourhood Plans set policies to determine decisions on planning applications.

It gives communities - the relevant parish or neighbourhood forum (known as 'qualifying bodies' ) - direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and deliver the sustainable development they need.

Funding

We recognise communities invest a huge amount of effort in developing their Plans, often with very limited funding available to seek the input of planning professionals.

The Government has allocated over £23m between 2018 - 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood planning and you can apply for grant funding and/or technical support if you are eligibile. Read more on the new Neighbourhood Planning Support website

As such, we appreciate that you will want to be certain that where you do seek professional advice, you are securing the very best advice at the best possible rates.

Fixed Price Health Check

We can offer you a fixed price health check of your draft plan and provide a written report on areas where we think you will be vulnerable at independent examination. The IPe team has direct experience of determining appeals on the basis of neighbourhood plan policies and permissions and understands how best to frame Plan policies to ensure they will be most effective in managing development in your area.

Tailored Engagement and Advice

You may be encountering a number of difficulties advancing your neighbourhood plan, and seeking to resolve issues, such as what is meant by 'general conformity'? How do we approach our neighbourhood plan if there is no up-to-date local plan? What are our responsibilities in relation to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)? What are the implications of the revised National Planning Policy Framework?

We are happy to discuss your particular brief around any stage of plan making and build a package of support and engagement that meets your specific requirements.