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Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning

The Localism Act 2011 has brought about reforms to the planning system in England which gives communities more control and influence over their area and how it should develop. The main tool for doing this is the community-led Neighbourhood Plan.

Neighbourhood planning allows residents, employees and businesses to come together through a local town or parish council or neighbourhood forum and say where, for example, they think new houses, businesses and shops should go and what they should look like.

Neighbourhood planning is not compulsory nor should it be used as a means to stop development. Any plans must be broadly in line with the Local Plan for the area.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Where a neighbourhood plan is likely to have a significant effect on the environment a strategic environmental assessment must be carried out and an environmental report prepared. A qualifying body (town council, parish council or forum) must also show how its plan will contribute to achieving sustainable development: a sustainability appraisal could be a useful approach for doing this.

The Background Information for Qualifying Bodies explains the SEA process for town councils, parish councils or neighbourhood forums. It should be read in conjunction with the SEA for the relevant Neighbourhood Plan.

We have a duty to support communities in North Lincolnshire that wish to do neighbourhood planning, so contact us for a discussion and advice.

The following Town and Parish Councils have submitted applications to have their areas formally designated as a 'Neighbourhood Area' for the purposes of drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan.

Neighbourhood Plans Map

If you would like to know if a Neighbourhood Area has been designated or a Neighbourhood Development Plan is in production near you, please view the Neighbourhood Plans Progress Map [PDF, 4Mb]. 

Consultation applications to designate a Neighbourhood Area                  

Please note:There are currently no applications for Neighbourhood Area designation available for consultation.

Applications are available for six weeks for people to comment on proposed Neighbourhood Area boundary. You can view and comment on the application on the council’s online consultation portal. Comments should be submitted by 5pm on the last day. 

If you have problems viewing or using the online consultation system please contact us.

There will be paper copies of applications at the relevant Local Links and libraries as well as the Civic Centre. Notices have also posted at various locations in the local areas.

Neighbourhood Areas Under Consideration

There are currently no proposed Neighbourhood Areas under consideration.

Neighbourhood Areas Designated

View decision documents and details of the area below: 

Area  Decision document  Designation notice  Designation date 


Decision Document

Designation Notice

18 December 2014


Decision Document

Designation Notice

18 December 2014


Decision Document

Designation Notice

4 August 2014


Decision Document

Designation Notice

4 August 2014

Saxby all Saints

Decision Document

Designation Notice

10 November 2014

South Ferriby

Decision Document

Designation Notice

4 August 2014


Decision Document

Designation Notice

8 July 2014


Decision Document

Designation Notice

4 August 2014 

For more information, please contact Spatial Planning

  spatial.planning@northlincs.gov.uk  01724 297485

An NDO grants planning permission for all or certain uses in a specific location within the Neighbourhood Plan Area.

Neighbourhood Development Orders - Fact Sheet [PDF, 55Kb]

In addition Community Right to Build Orders could be available as a means of providing community-led site development.

Community Right to Build Orders – Fact Sheet [PDF, 59Kb]

In North Lincolnshire, neighbourhood planning can be led by Town or Parish Councils, or bodies called Neighbourhood Forums (where Town/Parish Councils do not exist).

To get started you must apply to have your area and forum (if appropriate) officially designated. Please use the appropriate form below.

Neighbourhood Area Status Application

Neighbourhood Forum Application

Applications for Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum status will be advertised on this page for six weeks to allow comments to be made.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment ‘Screening’ Report of the Brigg Neighbourhood Plan was undertaken to decide whether the Plan might have significant environmental effects and to determine whether a full environmental assessment is required. The report concludes that a full SEA of the Brigg Neighbourhood Plan is required to fully consider the environmental impact of its proposals.

Brigg Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) ‘Screening’ Report [PDF, 2Mb]

Contact details


01724 297485

Spatial Planning 
Planning and Regeneration 
North Lincolnshire Council 
Civic Centre 
Ashby Road 
DN16 1AB

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Last updated: 27/10/2016
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