Neighbourhood Planning & Development Plans
Leading Experts in Neighbourhood Planning
We are currently one of the leading Neighbourhood Planning specialist consultancies in the country.
Since Neighbourhood Plan was introduced, we have been at the forefront of providing advice and working with Parish and Town Councils in the preparation of their Neighbourhood Plans.
To date, we have guided approximately 30+ neighbourhood plan groups throughout Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire as well as further afield.
We can also undertake neighbourhood planning duties on behalf of Local Authorities, in addition to providing independent consultancy advice.
We can assist at various stages in the process from inception, through plan preparation, examination, referendum and the making of the Neighbourhood Plan.
Advice from the Outset
At the start of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, it can seem like an extremely daunting project. We are happy to guide you through the process and assist you with developing a project plan that ensures all the milestones and required steps are completed. This is an essential exercise which will not only identify key areas requiring action, but can also help with assessing the resources required throughout.
We can assist steering groups in carrying out effective community consultation, working together to provide a communication strategy and advise on consultation methods appropriate to your community.
Our Range of Services
We can offer a number of services including:
Assisting with securing grant funding
Settlement Character Appraisals
Local Green Space Assessments
Housing Needs Assessments
Community and Facilities Studies
Rights of Way Assessments
Policy advice and preparation
‘critical friend’ advice on content
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Basic Conditions compliance and statements
Independent health checks
Examination clarification questions
We are happy to provide bespoke advice and supporting documents depending on your needs.
We have qualified planners, urban designers and ecologists to assist you and we can instruct other specialists such as Heritage, Highways consultants and Landscape Architects for example to undertake other key studies as required.
Representations on Neighbourhood Plans
If you are affected by a proposal in a Neighbourhood Plan, then we would also be happy to make representations on your behalf or provide advice on the implications of any inclusion.