Penistone Town Centre

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Historically, once a Strategic or Local Plan was put in place by a City or Borough Council, and things like the number of new houses and their sites had been decided and passed, the type of development a Community got was usually agreed upon as a result of negotiations between the Council and Developers.

The Communities themselves, who had to live with and adapt to this new development, had little or no say in how their Towns and surrounding areas were developed. The legislation surrounding Neighbourhood plans aims to redress this imbalance.

It is important that Communities get involved with the Neighbourhood plan in order to influence future development in their area. Once in place all new planning applications must be judged as to how well it fits in with the Neighbourhood Plan and the Local Plan.

Department of Communities and Local Government

Here is what the Department of Communities and Local Government have to say about the Neighbourhood plan:

“Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.
Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals. This is because unlike the parish, village or town plans that communities may have prepared, a neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority. Decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan and the neighbourhood plan, and any other material considerations. A neighbourhood plan attains the same legal status as the Local Plan once it has been agreed at a referendum and is made (brought into legal force) by the local planning authority. At this point it becomes part of the statutory development plan.”

As well as the many considerations surrounding Housing development issues the Neighbourhood plan can also influence the following:

  • How to create economic growth in the Parish.
  • How to improve or create new leisure facilities in the Parish.
  • How to provide sustainable energy for all residents.
  • How to preserve and enhance a Parish’s unique environment (which in our case is very strongly rural, but with a partly industrial heritage).

Another important feature of the Neighbourhood Plan, is that Communities will receive 25% of any Community infrastructure levy arising from developments in their area as opposed to 15% for Communities who do not have a Neighbourhood Plan.


If you live in Penistone, Millhouse Green, Thurlstone, Hoylandswaine, Springvale, Cubley or any of the surrounding areas, please get involved. You can reach us using the form on the contact page.