Neighbourhood Planning

Cheshire Community Action (CCA) is the leading provider
of neighbourhood planning support in Cheshire.

We provide a bespoke, not-for-profit planning consultancy service by working closely with local planning authorities to ensure that our clients receive quality support and advice, whether it’s a small parish council at the start of the process, or a larger urban based neighbourhood forum.

The Localism Act 2011, for the first time, gave communities the ‘right to plan’. This ‘community right’ gives people the power to form their own land-use planning policies.

Once adopted, a neighbourhood plan becomes part of the local authority development plan and is used in determining planning applications alongside the national planning policy framework and the relevant local plan.

We provide support with:

  • Registering a neighbourhood area;
  • Setting up a steering group or a neighbourhood forum;
  • Applying for funding and budgeting;
  • Project planning;
  • Support at events;
  • Evidence gathering and community engagement;
  • Writing planning policies based on evidence;
  • Advice on neighbourhood planning regulations;
  • Drafting of a consultation statement, basic conditions statement and meeting other regulatory obligations

Why produce a neighbourhood plan?

Development is inevitable – producing a neighbourhood plan is your chance to shape it.
It can indicate what community benefits you would like from development.
It’s a great way of getting the community to come together.
All adopted neighbourhood plans must be considered by your local planning authority when determining planning applications.
Neighbourhood plans are being used to fight and win planning appeals.
Greater knowledge is greater power – communities that undertake the neighbourhood plan process are better informed and able to influence planning decisions and policy consultations.
Communities that allocate sites for housing, employment or other land uses, tend to have more control over development.

Our qualified staff – including an in-house chartered planner with over 20 years’ experience working as a policy planner for local authorities – have assisted over 60 groups with the preparation of their neighbourhood plans.

Case Study: Marton Neighbourhood Plan

Cheshire Community Action facilitates and updates Marton Neighbourhood Plan

View Case Study

Contact Lucy Hughes

Phone: 01244 400222

Community-Led Planning

If land use planning (i.e. what gets built where), is not your community’s priority, but you are looking to make other improvements, engage local people and galvanise community action, then why not consider a community-led plan? Community-led planning (sometimes called ‘Parish planning’ in rural areas) is a step-by-step process that can enable your community to take action and make your local area a better place to live. 

Contact John Heselwood

Phone: 01244 400222
Cheshire Community Action

Cheshire Community Action aim to give communities a stronger voice by engaging and supporting them to influence the places, spaces and services that are important to them.




01244 400222

Queens House Annexe
Queens Road

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