Information, Guidance and Funding

Neighbourhood Planning Seminar 20 July 2016

Andrew Ashcroft, independent examiner and Neighbourhood Planning consultant, returned to South Cambs and led an informative and engaging workshop on writing planning policies for Neighbourhood Plans.  His presentation can be found here: PDF iconpolicy_writing_-_andrew_ashcroft.pdf

His previous presentation on Neighbourhood Planning should prove useful to those just starting out: Neighbourhood Planning Event presentation.

Facebook Page for Neighbourhood Planning in South Cambridgeshire

We have created a Facebook Group for those involved in Neighbourhood Planning to share news, ideas and good practice and to ask each other questions about their experience. Become a member of the group by visiting our facebook page or search for 'Neighbourhood Planning - South Cambridgeshire' on facebook. 

Strategic Policies

Neighbourhood Plans must be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the Local Plan. Local planning authorities should therefore set out clearly the strategic policies for their area. Guidance is provided at national level for identifying strategic polices both within the National Planning Policy Framework and the National Planning Practice Guidance. The Council has used this national guidance to identify the strategic policies in the:

Information and Guidance

There is an extensive range of online neighbourhood planning guidance available: Guide to Information on Neighbourhood Planning (March 2016)

Locality: their website includes current news and information relating to Neighbourhood Planning, along with good practice guides and case studies. Locality is the organisation providing support to local communities on behalf of the Government.

Planning Aid: their website includes a suite of resources to assist those developing a Neighbourhood Plan. Planning Aid is part of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Planning Advisory Service: their website includes guides, tools, templates and case studies to support Neighbourhood Planning.

Planning Practice Guidance on Neighbourhood Planning: sets out national guidance on Neighbourhood Planning, including guidance on the basic conditions that need to be met by a Neighbourhood Plan.

Notes on Neighbourhood Planning: regular bulletins from the Neighbourhood Planning Team at Department for Communities and Local Government.

Directory of Neighbourhood Plan policies (updated January 2015): directory of policies included in ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans.

Community Planning Toolkit: a useful guide to community engagement.

Service Level Agreement (SLA): model template for SLA between the District Council and Parish Council for purposing of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.


Neighbourhood Planning Grants are available from Locality as well as packages of technical support: Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support

Community Infrastructure Levy and Neighbourhood Plans

In England, where there is a Neighbourhood Plan in place, or permission was granted by a Neighbourhood Development Order (including by a community right to build order), the charging authority must pass 25% of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds to the parish councils in whose area the chargeable development takes place. Where there is no Neighbourhood Plan this amount is 15%, subject to a cap of £100 per household in the parish council area per year. The CIL Regulations were further amended in 2014 to include a mandatory exemption for self-build developments, in addition to the existing exemption for affordable housing.

SCDC is currently developing its CIL charging arrangements and further information is available on our CIL webpages.


Neighbourhood Planning conference hosted by SCDC (11 November 2015):

Neighbourhood Planning seminar hosted by PAS (2016):

Further Information

Support for Neighbourhood Planning is available from Locality Development Officers and Planning Policy Officers at South Cambridgeshire District Council: call 01954 713182 or email