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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.

Community Consultation 

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

  • Design Codes

  • Heritage Assessments

  • Local Green Space Assessments

  • Housing Needs Assessments

  • Parking Appraisals

  • Community and Facilities Studies

  • Rights of Way Assessments

  • Policy advice and preparation

  • Plan preparation

  • ‘critical friend’ advice on content

  • Strategic Environmental Assessment

  • Basic Conditions compliance and statements

  • Consultation Statements

  • Independent health checks 

  • Examination clarification questions

  • Desktop Publishing

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.

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