What is neighbourhood planning?

The Localism Act 2011 introduced neighbourhood planning, giving local communities the power to shape the future of their areas. Led by town or parish councils or neighbourhood forums, these plans are influenced by sustainable development principles and guide local planning decisions. Following examination and a local referendum, approved plans become part of the statutory development plan in the district, facilitating development while protecting important spaces.

Neighbourhood areas in Wakefield

There are currently five designated neighbourhood areas in the Wakefield District: 

All the areas were put forward by a qualifying body and cover entire parishes or a designated neighbourhood area.

The Neighbourhood Area District Map shows how much of the district is designated.

How do I get involved and what support is there?

To be involved in preparing a neighbourhood plan you must either live in an area where a town or parish council is seeking to prepare a plan or in an area where there is a designated neighbourhood forum.

We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document. This provides information on neighbourhood development plans and the process of preparing them. It includes useful links to documents and webpages to help with the preparation of the plan and supporting documents. It also includes links to relevant legislation and regulations covering neighbourhood planning.

Contact Us

Planning Policy Planning Services Wakefield Council Wakefield One PO Box 700 Wakefield WF1 2EB

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