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. The council publicised the proposal until 15 May 2015, and on 23 June 2015 formally designated the Neighbourhood Planning Forum. The details of the Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum are available in the documents below.

No other organisation or body may now be designated for that neighbourhood area until that designation expires (0n 23 June 2019) or is withdrawn.

Follow the link to view the Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum website where you can track progress with the Neighbourhood Plan.

If you have any queries about neighbourhood planning in general, please email planningpolicy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call us on 023 9268 8633.