Help with planning

Neighbourhood planning

Providing a powerful set of tools for local people to plan and influence development to meet their community’s needs.

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Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development.

With the support from our Smart Communities team see the ambitions of your neighbourhood realised with a strategic approach covering the wider priorities of your local community and area.

By creating a Neighbourhood Plan, a Parish can:

  • Strongly influence planning decisions on where new homes, shops, offices should be built
  • have your say on what those new buildings should look like
  • what infrastructure should be provided
  • access 25% Community Infrastructure Levy from new build developments

CCS has long supported rural communities to identify priorities and ways to deliver action through community planning. We have supported parishes of all sizes to undertake new plans or to refresh their existing plan.

We work alongside Planning Consultants to deliver the policy writing phase.

We have helped Neighbourhood Plan groups, by organising the community consultation phase and outlining the whole process (including how to fund the work required).

Our support includes help with explaining the process;

  • who and what needs to be involved
  • over what time scale
  • how to fund the work
  • establishing a steering group
  • terms of reference
  • methods for engaging with the community
  • consulting the community
  • what to ask
  • how to ask it
  • drafting a plan
  • and prioritising resulting actions
  • developing a CIL list (Community Infrastructure Levy)

Government Advice

Their guide explaining the neighbourhood planning system introduced by the Localism Act, including key stages and considerations required can be viewed here.

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Sedgemoor Neighbourhood Planning

Sedgemoor District Councils Neighbourhood Planning information can be found here.

Mendip Neighbourhood Planning

Mendip District Councils Neighbourhood Planning information can be found here.

Somerset West & Taunton Neighbourhood Planning

Somerset West & Taunton District Councils Neighbourhood Planning information can be found here.

South Somerset Neighbourhood Planning

South Somerset District Councils Neighbourhood Planning information can be found here.