Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning

Both St. Anne’s on The Sea and Bryning with Warton’s Neighbourhood Development Plan’s will be proceeding to Referendum on Thursday 04 May 2017. For further details relating specifically to the Referendum and election procedures please visit the Referendum election page here. For further information relating to either Neighbourhood Development Plan please see separate pages for each.

Neighbourhood Planning was introduced with the Localism Act in 2011 and gives local communities and businesses new powers to write planning policies through Neighbourhood Development Plans.

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people and local businesses to develop their own planning policies through a Neighbourhood Development Plan. A Neighbourhood Development Plan reflects their priorities, deliver tangible local benefits and has real weight in planning decisions and can ensure the right type of development for the community is accomplished, where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

Neighbourhood Development Plans

In very simple terms, a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is:

  • A document that sets out planning policies for a specific neighbourhood area. Planning policies are then used to decide whether to approve planning applications, along with the adopted Local Plan.
  • Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
  • A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.
  • A Neighbourhood Development Plan is an important document with real legal force, therefore there are certain formal procedures that it must go through.

Neighbourhood Planning cannot be used to stop development happening, however it will allow communities to decide where they want new development to be built and what those new developments should look like.

The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 sets out the detailed arrangements which Neighbourhood Planning will have to follow.

The Parish or Town Council will be the responsible body for producing a Neighbourhood Plan. In areas where there is no Parish or Town Council, a Neighbourhood Forum can be established, providing the forum consists of a minimum of 21 individuals who live, work or represent the area.

Designating a Neighbourhood Area

At the start of the Neighbourhood Planning process, the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations requires the responsible body to designate the area which they intend to produce a Plan for. This is undertaken by an application to the Local Planning Authority.

Fylde Council as the Local Planning Authority has currently received the following Neighbourhood Area applications:

Neighbourhood Area Applicant


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Ribby-with-Wrea Parish Council 12 September 2012 28 September 2012 8 November 2012 Approved
Staining Parish Council 20 December 2012 10 January 2013 21 February 2013 Approved
St Anne on the Sea Town Council 12 April 2013 25 April 2013 6 June 2013


Bryning-with-Warton Parish Council 12 August 2013 22 August 2013 4 October 2013 Approved
Singleton Parish Council 26 August 2014 11 September 2014 23 October 2014 Approved
Elswick Parish Council 31 May 2016 16 June 2016 28 July 2016 Approved

A map of designated Neighbourhood Areas in the Fylde borough can be viewed via the Related Downloads (on the right hand side of this page).

Submission Consultation and Publicity

The following Submission Neighbourhood Development Plans have been received by Fylde Council.

Parish Council/Neighbourhood Forum

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Further Information
Bryning-with-Warton Parish Council 23 September 2014 9 October  2014 28 November 2014 Click here
St Annes on the Sea Town Council 25 January 2016 11 February 2016 24 March 2016 Click here

For further information on each of the Neighbourhood Development Plans currently within the borough please click on them individually for information relating specifically to them.

Independent Examination

Neighbourhood Development Plans are independently examined before a public referendum is undertaken to seek community approval.

Neighbourhood Development Plans differ from Parish Plans because once the NDP is agreed and all the requirements are met, it will form part of the broad range of documents that make up the Development Plan for Fylde. The Neighbourhood Development Plan can then be used in the determination of planning applications.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01253 658418, or email us at

There are a number of useful websites which provide further information on the process. These can be viewed by clicking on the links below. 

Neighbourhood Planning Guidance 

Neighbourhood Planning: A Simple Guide for Councillors

Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 

Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide

How to Shape Where You Live (CPRE)

Planning Aid

My Community Rights: Direct Support and Grant Payment