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Neighbourhood Plans are a way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work.

Through the Localism Act and the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, communities can:

  • Make their own neighbourhood plan - A document to set out where new houses, shops or businesses should go in their area, to guide what new buildings should look like in their area or to designate new open spaces
  • Make their own neighbourhood development order - This grants planning permission for new development communities want to see go ahead in their area and means a planning application would not be needed
  • Make a community right to build order - This grants planning permission for a specific use on a specific site.


The My Community Rights website has advice about Neighbourhood Planning and sets out how you can access the support which is available.


The first stage in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan is for a Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area to be agreed and designated under the Neighbourhood Forum Regulations.

Milton Neighbourhood Forum

On 30 March 2015 residents in Milton made an application to the council to designate a Neighbourhood Planning Forum and Neighbourhood Area in Milton. We published the proposal until 15 May 2015 and on 23 June 2015 we formally designated the Neighbourhood Planning Forum. The details of the Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum are available in the document below.

The original Neighbourhood Planning Forum designation expired on 23 July 2019. The Neighbourhood Planning Forum therefore submitted an application for re-designation on 19 March 2020.

If a designation is made no other organisation or body may be designated for that neighbourhood area until that designation expires (after five years from the date of adoption) or is withdrawn.

The council is consulting upon the proposed re-designation from 29 June 2020 until 10 August 2020.

If you wish to make a representation on the proposed neighbourhood plan designation please send your response to planningpolicy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk by 10 August 2020.