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About neighbourhood planning

The Localism Act 2011 sets out how communities will be able to get more involved in planning for their areas, specifically around creating plans and policies to guide new development, and in some cases granting planning permission for certain types of development.

Neighbourhood planning is about letting local communities plan for their area. It is led by the residential and business community, and is about building neighbourhoods - not stopping growth.

Neighbourhood planning enables local communities to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order for their area, with support from the council. These documents can then become part of the council's planning framework documents, along with being a material consideration in the determination of any planning applications that are received for that neighbourhood plan area.

If you are thinking about preparing a Neighbourhood Plan we recommend that you read the Planning Portal's advice on Neighbourhood Plansor national network Locality also offers advice and support and have published a number of useful guides. For more information visit Locality's Neighbourhood Planning pages.

If you have any specific questions regarding neighbourhood planning in Middlesbrough, or think your local community would like to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, please contact:

Phone: 01642 729065 or 01642 729062


Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum application forms

It's a good idea to discuss your Neighbourhood Planning proposals with us, before submitting the below Neighbourhood Area and/or Neighbourhood Forum application forms for approval. This will allow us to deal with your application/s quickly, and for us to give our initial views on your proposal.

Neighbourhood Area application form (PDF)

Neighbourhood Forums – explanation and application form (PDF)