A Neighbourhood Plan is a new type of plan which will focus on very local areas, to be produced by communities with Parish and Town Councils, with our assistance. Policies included in neighbourhood plans will need to be related to the use of land in the area, or to spatial matters (i.e. aspects that affect how a place works). When adopted, they will form part of the overall development plan for Torbay and be used to consider all planning applications in that area, in the context of the Torbay Core Strategy.

No - a Neighbourhood Plan can guide development to be more appropriate to local context and help decide where it goes, but the government has made it clear that it is not a tool to be used to stop development.

This will depend on how the community want to progress their plan but the plan is able to allocate land if required.

The Council is still progressing the new Local Plan which will span the whole of Torbay and contain overarching Strategic Policies and Development Management Polices. Neighbourhood plans are able to develop in tandem with the new Local Plan.

No - the Local Plan remains part of the development plan and will continue to be used to determine planning applications. Neighbourhood Plans will form a new tier of planning at a very local level.  They need to conform to the overarching adopted Local Plan for Torbay but will form part of the development plan for their area.

The weight (importance) that is attached to a particular policy can only be decided when considering a specific proposal. At a general level, when adopted, Neighbourhood Plans and the Local Plan should complement each other. Planning decisions will be based primarily around policies in adopted Neighbourhood Plans and the Local Plan.

Yes - planning applications will need to have regard to all relevant policy.

To get adopted, current guidance suggests that the plan will be subject to approval by the Council, then an independent examination, and be subject to a local referendum gaining a 50 per cent level of support.

Either email or phone the relevant Neighbourhood Forum Secretary for your area.

The government has a rolling programme of funding for key neighbourhood initiatives. The Council made a successful bid for £20,000 of funding in partnership with Brixham Town Council (which was the most progressed at that time) in 2010/11.The Council submitted subsequent bids for the Torquay and Paignton Neighbourhood Forums and has been successful the fifth wave frontrunners announced in March 2012.

However, the cost of delivering Neighbourhood Plans is likely to exceed the funding from Government and Neighbourhood Forums may wish to establish other funding initiatives in partnership with the Council, the Private sector and other agencies.