If an area has a parish or town council, then this is the only organisation that will be able to lead the preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order.
In areas that aren't parished, community organisations will need to apply to the relevant district or unitary council to establish:
To apply to establish a Neighbourhood Area, an organisation that meets the criteria to become the Neighbourhood Forum representing that area must submit an application to the relevant district or unitary council. The council will then decide whether that Neighbourhood Area is appropriate, and will designate it if it is.
Once the Neighbourhood Area has been established, community groups can then apply to be designated the Neighbourhood Forum for that area. Again any eligible groups should submit an application to the local council, and if there is more than one eligible group, the council will have to decide which is best to represent the area: Neighbourhood Areas, and Neighbourhood Forums, cannot overlap. To be eligible to be designated a Neighbourhood Forum, a community organisation must:
In parished and non-parished areas any community organisation, as long as it meets a number of criteria, can prepare a Community Right to Build Order. To be eligible, community organisations must: