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Parish and Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood planning provides opportunity for communities to develop a positive vision of their future. Pioneering towns, villages and neighbourhoods are already mapping out ambitious plans that will improve quality of life and at the same time make the transition to a low carbon energy and transport system.

The Localism Act has introduced 'Neighbourhood Plans' as part of the National Planning Policy Framework. These are locally prepared documents that set out what type and scale of development are needed to help a community achieve the right mix of affordable housing, employment opportunities, and services. Neighbourhood Plans will be informed by local consultation and be in line with the policies and proposals in our Local Plan - the overarching development plan for South Somerset.

Many communities in South Somerset have already produced Local Community Plans (or Town or Parish Plans). While these plans can act as a foundation for future development ideas, a Neighbourhood Plan is a separate document.

There are lots of ways to inform the planning system and get the development you wish to see in your community. Neighbourhood Plans are not the only option.

Read more about neighbourhood planning in South Somerset here.

Centre for Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Neighbourhood Planning Support


The Centre for Sustainable Energy have developed a range of online resources and guides to help you with neighbourhood planning.


Neighbourhood Planning in a Climate Emergency explores the potential of ‘low carbon’ neighbourhood plans to incorporate policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change.


Check out their document here to read more.

Neighbourhood Planning Support

There are lots of ways to inform the planning system and get the development you wish to see in your community. 

Neighbourhood planning support is a 2 year programme which has been launched to offer practical hands on support. Full programme details are available here.

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