Find out what Neighbourhood Plans can and cannot contain.
While a Neighbourhood Plan is flexible to some extent in terms of what can be included, you cannot put whatever you like in it. Your Plan cannot conflict with European Union (EU) requirements or the Human Rights Act 1998. Crucially, it must also conform generally with the strategic policies in the Local Plan prepared by your local planning authority. If your local planning authority does not have a recently adopted Local Plan you should ask a planning officer at the authority which plan you should refer to.
So long as your Neighbourhood Plan complies with the above principles, it can be as narrow or as broad as you wish. But it must be primarily about the use and development of land and buildings. It can also have a say in how buildings should look (their 'design'), or the materials they are constructed from.
A Community Right to Build Order, which is the mechanism for delivering the Community Right to Build, is a specific type of Neighbourhood Development Order. It allows a local community group to bring forward a small development, which might include proposals for new homes, business premises and/or community facilities, but it must be small scale in comparison to the size of settlement.
A community organisation, not just a parish or town council or a neighbourhood forum, is able to develop a Community Right to Build Order. However, to be eligible, at least half of the community organisation's members must live in the neighbourhood area to which the Community Right to Build Order will apply. The organisation must also exist to further the economic, environmental and social well-being of the area in question. The community can work with partners or go it alone by setting up, for instance, a community land trust.
The process for preparing and adopting a Community Right to Build Order is broadly the same as that for a Neighbourhood Development Order.