What is a neighbourhood plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan can be used to:

  • Develop a shared vision for the neighbourhood
  • Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces.
  • Influence what new buildings should look like.

It can:

  • Decide where and what type of development should happen in the local neighbourhood.
  • Promote more development than is set out in the Local Plan.
  • Include policies (eg design standards) that take precedence over local plan policy – but not conflict with it.

It cannot:

  • Conflict with the strategic policies in the Local Plan.
  • Be used to prevent development that is included in the Local Plan.

For further details about neighbourhood planning:

Map of the Fradley Neighbour hood plan boundary:
fradley neighbourhood area

The 7 steps to developing a neighbourhood plan?


  1. Determine the boundary and apply to Lichfield District Council, for your neighbourhood area to be formally designated.
  2. Collect existing information and work with the local community to identify issues, aims and themes of your plan. (These can range from a single issue to a range of issues depending on what is important to your community).
  3. Create a draft plan which outlines your proposals policies and options.
  4. Hold a formal public consultation of your draft plan to make sure it reflects the needs and aspirations of your neighbourhood.
  5. Create your final plan incorporating feedback.
  6. Submit the final plan to the District Council who will complete an additional consultation and arrange for the plan to be submitted for independent examination.
  7. If the examiner decides the plan meets the 5 ‘Basic Conditions’ the District Council will arrange a referendum that covers your neighbourhood plan area when you will have a yes/no vote. If over 50% of people vote ‘yes’, the plan will then be made.