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Neighbourhood planning

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 Areas March 2017 [1MB]

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: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in March 2015.

  Leekfrith Neighbourhood Area Map [3MB]

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

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

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Brown Edge
Date of Designation: 16th 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: 16th 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]

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

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

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

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

Parish Councils

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

or phone 01538 395570.