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Neighbourhood planning

Find out about neighbourhood planning areas in the Moorlands and how to get involved with them

Neighbourhood planning enables members of a local community to take forward planning proposals for the neighbourhood in which they live. Neighbourhood Development Plans are voluntary local planning policy documents that are written and developed by a community, usually led by a town or parish council.

Once a neighbourhood plan is made and adopted, it will form part of the Development Plan for Staffordshire Moorlands. This means that it will become a main consideration within the local planning system.

How to get involved

We can offer the following assistance to help you produce a neighbourhood plan:

  • advice and guidance, including an initial meeting to explain the process
  • provision of local maps 
  • specialist technical advice, offering a 'critical friend' role throughout the drafting of the plan
  • assistance with consultation and publicity programmes

Where are the Neighbourhood Planning Areas in the Moorlands?

SMDC Neighbourhood Plan Areas July 2018 [845KB]

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Leekfrith
Date of Designation: 24 March 2015  (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) and 13 March 2015  (Peak District National Park Authority)
Relevant body: Leekfrith Parish Council
Progress: Following a positive referendum result on 6 June 2021, under Section 38A (4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (under delegated powers on 30th June 2021) and the Peak District National Park Authority (at a meeting of the Planning Committee on 11th June 2021) resolved to make the Leekfrith Neighbourhood Plan.

The Leekfrith Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the Development Plans for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the Peak District National Park Authority.

The Plan sets out planning policies for Leekfrith Neighbourhood Area concerning: the redevelopment of Upper Hulme Mill, full-time rental of holiday accommodation, the requirement for a transport statement and parking at the Roaches.

Leekfrith Neighbourhood Area Map [3MB]

View more on the Leekfrith Neighbourhood Plan


Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Biddulph
Date of Designation: 16 February 2016
Relevant body: Biddulph Town Council
Progress: Drafts of the Neighbourhood Plan and Neighbourhood Development Order have been received by the Council.  The period for representations on these was between 15th July and 27th August 2021.  The next stage in the process is examination of both documents by an independent examiner.  This is likely to take place in Autumn 2021.  More details to follow.

Biddulph Town Council application letter [107KB]   Biddulph Neighbourhood Plan Area [1MB]

View more about the Biddulph Neighbourhood Plan


Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Brown Edge
Date of Designation: 16 February 2016
Relevant body: Brown Edge Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in February 2016. For further information please see the Brown Edge Neighbourhood Plan

  Brown Edge Parish Council application letter [87KB]   Brown Edge Neighbourhood Plan Area [1MB]


Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Checkley
Date of Designation: 16 February 2016
Relevant body: Checkley Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in February 2016.

Checkley Parish Council application letter [71KB]   Checkley Neighbourhood Plan Area [2MB]

View more on the Checkley Neighbourhood Plan


Name of proposed designated Neighbourhood Area: Draycott in the Moors
Date of Designation: 19 July 2016
Relevant Body: Draycott in the Moors Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Area was designated on 19 July 2016

Draycott-in-the Moors Neighbourhood Area Map [1MB]  

View more on the Draycott Neighbourhood Plan


Name of designated Neighbourhood Area: Rushton
Date of Designation: 14 February 2017
Relevant Body: Rushton Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Area was designated on 14 February 2017

Rushton Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation and Application Letter [685KB]


Name of designated Neighbourhood Area: Forsbrook
Date of Designation: 11 April 2018
Relevant Body: Forsbrook Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Area was designated on 11 April 2018

Forsbrook Parish Council application letter [46KB]   Forsbrook Neighbourhood Plan Map [2MB]

Further Information


Name of designated Neighbourhood Area: Leek
Date of Designation: 20 July 2018
Relevant Body: Leek Town Council
Progress: A volunteer steering group has been formed and community consultation undertaken.

Leek Neighbourhood Area Map [3MB]

Leek Neighbourhood Area Letter of Application [507KB]

Find out more about the Leek Neighbourhood Plan


Parish Councils

Parish and town councils should contact us for advice if interested in neighbourhood planning.

forward.plans@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk