A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. A neighbourhood plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of sites for specific kinds of development.
An adopted neighbourhood plan is part of Waverley's statutory development plan which is used to determine planning applications. Neighbourhood plans cannot be used to prevent homes and businesses which is required as part of the Local Plan, but they can propose more development than that proposed in the Local Plan.
Neighbourhood planning is optional, not compulsory. There is no requirement for any parish or town council to undertake work on a neighbourhood plan if they don’t want to. Producing a neighbourhood plan will require a range of specialist skills and commitment, time and energy from the community. It will also require financial resources.