Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood planning gives town and parish councils or newly formed neighbourhood forums the opportunity to prepare, with the community they represent, a planning document for their area. The purpose of this new tier of plan making is to empower local people to take a proactive role in shaping the future of where they live, and give them greater ownership of the plans and policies that affect where they live.  The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations came into force on 6 April 2012 and set out the detailed legislative framework for undertaking neighbourhood planning.

Putting the pieces together - How to designate a neighbourhood area (pdf, 354kb)

Neighbourhood planning in the Lancaster district: Area Designation

A consultation report summarises the responses to consultations on the neighbourhood plan designation area applications and formal notices and maps will be displayed in the village.  See below for neighbourhood plan areas that have been designated.

Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation Neighbourhood Area Applicants Notice, report and area map Status
Wray with Botton Neighbourhood Plan Area Wray with Botton Parish Council Approved 20 February 2015
Caton with Littledale Neighbourhood Plan Area Caton with Littledale Parish Council Approved 2 July 2015
Cockerham Neighbourhood Plan Area Cockerham Parish Council Approved  on July 2015
Halton with Aughton Neighbourhood Plan Area Halton-with-Aughton Parish Council  Approved 26 October 2015
Slyne-with-Hest Neighbourhood Plan Area Slyne-with-Hest Parish Council Approved 12 April 2016
Morecambe Neighbourhood Plan Area Morecambe Town Council Approved 26 April 2016
Wennington  Neighbourhood Plan area Wennington Parish Council Approved 24 November 2016
Dolphinholme Neighbourhood Plan area Nether Wyresdale Parish Council and Ellel Parish Council

 Approved 24 January 2017

Advice and support

One of the main issues with undertaking neighbourhood planning is one of resources. The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has provided funding to four organisations, to provide assistance to those developing neighbourhood plans or orders. These organisations are:

View our Neighbourhood planning FAQ (pdf, 334kb) for further information on neighbourhood planning.

If you would like to talk to us about any aspect of Neighbourhood Planning please contact the Planning and Housing Policy Team on 01524 582383 or

Other resources

There are also other organisations that offer guidance on Neighbourhood Planning:

Last updated: 06 December 2017