Neighbourhood Watch

What is it?

Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work.

They will be able to:

  1. choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built
  2. have their say on what those new buildings should look like
  3. grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.

The right to do neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act in 2011.  View the Government’s official introduction to Neighbourhood Planning here.

What’s happening here?

We have heard from a number of our parishes and towns that they are interested in developing Neighbourhood Plans.  We have developed a toolkit for you to consider whether Neighbourhood Planning is the right route for you and your community.It is important to stress that although neighbourhood plans can seek additional development to what might be proposed through the Core Strategy, they cannot undercut what the Core Strategy proposes.  Neighbourhood plans, moreover, can take quite a bit of time and financial committment to develop so your parishes need to be prepared for quite a lot of work.  That said, they should prove a good way for local people to identify specific areas for development on their ‘patch’.

There is no requirement for any parish to prepare a neighbourhood plan and it may well be appropriate to await the content of the District’s Core Strategy before making any commitment to produce one.  The Council will be seeking input into the next round of engagement on the Core Strategy – due summer 2012 – which will be a critical route for communities to influence future development in Cotswold District.

For further information, or to log a community’s interest in developing a plan, please e-mail:


Neighbourhood Plans in Cotswold District:

Other websites:

These are independent organisations, with an interest in Neighbourhood Planning.  CDC does not vouch for the accuracy of any information they may provide.

Download related documents

Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit

This document is available for download in the following format(s):

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