Communities can also produce a Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO). Local Authorities already have the power to produce Local Development Orders (LDOs) which are designed to simplify the Development Management process by removing the need for certain development to achieve planning permission before development commences, where this is appropriate and proportionate.

Neighbourhood Development Orders are similar to LDOs insofar as they allow local communities to determine what forms of development in their area should be permitted without the need for planning permission.

In relation to North Norfolk, a town or parish council is the only body that can prepare a Neighbourhood Development Order in their area.

For further information on Neighbourhood Development Orders, please contact the Planning Policy Team.

Process for Preparing a Neighbourhood Order

  • Defining the neighbourhood - The first step is to designate a Neighbourhood Area in which the Order will apply.
  • Preparing the order - If approved, the town or parish council then starts preparing the Order. They must engage the community and notify statutory consultees. This stage includes a six-week consultation period to publicise the proposals and consider responses. It should involve any affected landowners or tenants.
  • Independent examination - The draft Order must then be submitted to the District Council who will formally publicise the proposal for six weeks consultation. An independent examiner will be appointed to consider any representations and check it conforms to local and national policy. Changes may be recommended.
  • Community referendum - Once satisfied with the draft Order the District Council will organise a referendum. A majority of people voting must support the Order.
  • Legal force - If supported the District Council will bring the Order into force and publicise its decision.