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Neighbourhood Planning

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The Localism Act was enacted in November 2011. The Act, and the National Planning Policy Framework and supporting regulations, introduced the ability for communities to prepare neighbourhood plans. The provisions of the Localism Act and the regulations for neighbourhood planning came into force on 6th April 2012.

Neighbourhood plans have to be in general conformity with strategic policies in local plans (for Ipswich, the adopted Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document) and are subject to independent examination and a referendum.

There are many sources of information available on neighbourhood planning and some, which you may find informative, are signposted below.

  • The GOV.UK website contains useful information, including neighbourhood planning case studies and frequently asked questions.
  • Broadland District Council in Norfolk contains several parish councils which obtained 'front runner' status as pilot neighbourhoods developing neighbourhood plans with government funding. Broadland Council prepared a guidance note for their neighbourhoods and it may be viewed on their website. 

If you wish to discuss neighbourhood planning in Ipswich, please contact the Planning Policy Team using the details provided on this page.

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15-17 Russell Road,

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