Communicating the South Downs

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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.

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.