Neighbourhood Development Orders

What is a Neighbourhood Development Order? 

A Neighbourhood Development Order is an order which grants planning permission in relation to a particular Neighbourhood Area. 

A Neighbourhood Development Order can enable the community to grant planning permission for new buildings they want to see go ahead and allow new homes and offices to be built without developers having to apply for separate planning permission.

Who prepares a Neighbourhood Development Order? 

A Neighbourhood Development Order can only be prepared by a Parish Council or a Neighbourhood Forum for a designated Neighbourhood Area. 

How much work will be required to produce a Neighbourhood Development Order? 

The level of work will largely depend on the contents which will be decided at a local level.  

Neighbourhood Planning Process 

There are Government regulations that set out the key stages to be followed. The process will include a number of stages including community engagement and consultation on the draft document. Given that a Neighbourhood Development Order, once adopted, will grant planning permission, it is also subject to an examination and a community referendum. 

How much does it cost to produce and who pays for it? 

The cost of producing a Neighbourhood Development Order will vary depending on its contents. The development plan system is evidence driven and the purpose of the examination is in part to consider whether a plan is supported by evidence. It is likely that evidence (technical studies) have already been produced by the LPA that will meet the requirements of Neighbourhood Development Orders however; some new evidence may be required depending on the nature of the Order. The LPA will be able to assist with advice on the commissioning of any studies which are necessary but the cost will fall to the Parish Council or Neighbourhood Forum. 

How can the District Council help? 

We have a duty to provide technical advice and support to communities producing a Neighbourhood Development Order. The level of support will depend on budgetary and staffing constraints.  

Related Pages

Neighbourhood Forums
Neighbourhood Development Plans

Further Information

The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 sets out the process for Neighbourhood Planning.

Please contact the Development Plans Team at or call us on 01923 776611.