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Neighbourhood Planning gives local communities the power to shape development in their area through the Localism Act 2011.

Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) address how growth can be managed over a 15-20 year time frame.  Once ‘made’ (adopted), they become part of the statutory development plan for the National Park, and the policies and proposals contained within them used in the determination of planning applications, including appeals.  Over 50 NDPs are being prepared in the South Downs National Park, these are all shown on the designated neighbourhood areas map.

If you’re thinking about starting a Neighbourhood Plan we recommend that you read the Government’s advice on neighbourhood plans. National network Locality also offer advice and support and have published a number of useful guides.  For more information see Locality’s Neighbourhood Planning pages.