The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. It sets out the Government's requirements for the planning system only to the extent that it is relevant, proportionate and necessary to do so. It provides a framework within which local people and their accountable councils can produce their own distinctive local and neighbourhood plans, which reflect the needs and priorities of their communities.
The rules and regulations for neighbourhood plan referenda are all contained in the Neighbourhood Planning (Refrendum) Regulations 2012 (in all 122 pages!).
However, Planning Advisory Service (PAS) have prepared some Frequently Asked Questions that should meet the needs of most people.
Campaign to Protect Rural England's (CPRE) guide to neighbourhood planning, How to shape where you live
Locality have produced a number of guides about neighbourhood planning which can be accessed below.
The Quick Guide is only 9 pages long - great if you just want the basics.
The Roadmap is a comprehensive guide to producing a Neighbourhood Plan. It takes you through the process step by step, from first deciding to join with people from your local community to create a Neighbourhood Plan, to submitting the finished article.
The Roadmap also comes with a series of worksheets containing further information and helpful lists of tasks and checklists.
The Roadmap was written for Locality by Dave Chetwyn, Managing Director of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC, Director of DJC1 Planning Limited and a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert. His former roles include Head of Planning Aid England.