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Please be aware that there may be interruptions to our online planning service (Public Access) up until April 2019 due to essential work to prepare for changing to a new West Suffolk Council on 1 April 2019.
A Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO) grants planning permission for a particular type of development in a neighbourhood area, for example housing or offices. As NDOs can grant planning permission, there is no need for a standard planning application to the local planning authority. The NDO:·
An NDO can be prepared by a town or parish council or a neighbourhood forum for a designated neighbourhood area.
Once a community has made the decision to progress with an NDO, the first step is for the relevant town or parish council to make an application to the district or borough council to designate a neighbourhood area.
An application form for the designation of a neighbourhood area is currently being developed. Towns and parishes will be given the opportunity to comment on the draft form towards the end of the year.
A Community Right to Build Order is a form of NDO that can be used to grant planning permission for small scale development for the benefit of the community, on a specific site or sites within a designated neighbourhood area. Any community organisation can develop a Community Right to Build Order in an area, but the organisation will need to ensure it meets certain legal requirements before it can proceed.
Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will provide support and assistance to any community that wants to produce a Neighbourhood Development Order, but it will not control the process which has to be a community led. Nevertheless, the regulations do require councils to undertake statutory tasks at certain points in the process in order to assist and support the community.
Once a neighbourhood area is designated, each town or parish will be allocated a planning officer to provide one to one support and technical advice to towns and parishes throughout the production of the Neighbourhood Development Order.