Neighbourhood plans

Parishes in East Staffordshire have been very proactive in wanting to shape their local areas. There are 17 Parishes who have either had their Neighbourhood Plans made (adopted) by East Staffordshire Borough Council or who are currently writing them:

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Map of Neighbourhood Plan Areas in East Staffordshire

Each neighbourhood area is at a different stage of the process, some have made great progress and are at draft plan stage and others are looking at issues and options for their local area. Key to progressing a neighbourhood plan is getting a motivated group of people from the area together to push the plan forward. Ideally a steering group should consist of parish councillors, residents and business owners to give a mix of views and opinions on emerging policies. Many of the neighbourhood areas in East Staffordshire Borough have taken on planning consultants to help with the evidence base, national planning policy and consultation with residents.

Over the coming months ESBC planning policy will be developing a number of guidance documents on the main stages involved in writing and consulting on a neighbourhood plan. Below is a link to the latest guidance sheet, specifically about what to submit to ESBC when at final plan proposal stage (section 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012).

For any queries on Neighbourhood Planning, please contact Corinne O'Hare on 01283 508645 or

There are a number of organisations that can assist with the neighbourhood planning process. A first point of contact is Corinne O’Hare, Neighbourhood Planning Policy Officer, who has been employed to support parishes undertaking neighbourhood plans. Please contact Corinne on 01283 508645 or email corinne.o’  if you have any queries on neighbourhood planning in East Staffordshire. ESBC has a list of experienced planning consultants and advisory bodies that can help parishes through the process, please contact Corinne for more information.

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