Neighbourhood Planning

Planit-X is working with many parish councils and groups across the East Midlands to prepare Neighbourhood Plans.
We're experts in helping Parish Councils, town councils and community groups to understand the process of creating a Neighbourhood Plan and then bringing it to fruition.
We have been supporting neighbourhood planning since its inception in 2010. We have assisted multi-parish neighbourhood plans, areas within or on the edge of towns and cities, service centres, large rural areas and smaller parishes.

All the Neighbourhood Plans we have helped prepare have successfully gone on to pass independent examination and a local referendum, including Barrow upon Soar, Billesdon, Brigstock, Foxton, Scraptoft and Sheepy
Most groups recognise that they need to employ specialist neighbourhood planning support and this is seen as a key step in making progress. We are happy to meet groups to discuss their needs.

We provide the full range of services to neighbourhood plan groups:

Getting Started

Project management, grant funding, Neighbourhood Area designation, governance, evidence gathering, ongoing support to Neighbourhood Plan Groups. Neighbourhood Plan Reviews.

Community Engagement

Open meetings, questionnaire survey design and analysis, consultation with stakeholders, schools etc.

Plan Preparation

Plan writing, policy writing, preparation of proposals maps, site assessments, Local Green Spaces, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Consultation Statements, Basic Condition Statements, planning authority liaison, Neighbourhood Plan Examinations

Specialist

Highways, drainage, nature conservation, heritage, design guidance, viability assessment etc.

Testimonials

  • Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan

    "With the individual requirements of each Neighbourhood Plan, it was essential to draw on the experience that Planit-X have working within this area of planning, especially where more than one Parish Council is involved.
    Without the extensive knowledge of the requirements in developing a Neighbourhood Plan and the continuing support of Colin Wilkinson at Planit-X we would not have been able to complete The Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan."

    Robert Shields, Chair | Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan Group

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  • Sheepy Neighbourhood Plan

    2019 Group award for Making a Difference in Protecting, Improving and Supporting our Environment
    "Colin Wilkinson of Planit-X provided excellent input and guidance throughout the 4 years of our Neighbourhood Plan project and he became an integral part of our project team. His knowledge and continued advice was key to us completing and having 'made' our comprehensive Neighbourhood Plan successfully in March'19."

    Sheepy Parish Council

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  • Brigstock Neighbourhood Plan

    "I wish to commend the Parish Council and the Steering Group on their approach to preparing this neighbourhood plan. In particular, the decision making in respect of its housing allocation has been transparent and objective, based on clear selection criteria…
    I wish to congratulate Brigstock Parish Council and the appointed Steering Group on producing a very readable and well-structured document that has been based on significant community involvement. It will form the sound basis for determining planning application in the parish over the coming years. It has not ducked its responsibility in making difficult allocation decisions and has had regard to strategic policies in the Core Strategy."

    John Slater BA (Hons) DMS MRTPI | Independent Examiner

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  • Foxton Neighbourhood Plan

    "The plan-making had to find ways to reconcile differences of view, in particular on meeting the housing needs identified with Harborough District Council in parallel to their own preparation of a new Local Plan. All such difficult tasks were approached with transparency and care..
    The Basic Conditions Statement has … tabulated the relationship between the policy content of the Plan and its higher tier equivalents… The comprehensive approach to assessing the Plan content is impressive."

    Andrew Matheson MSc MPA DipTP MRTPI FCIH | Independent Examiner

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  • Brigstock Neighbourhood Plan

    "We have recently completed our Brigstock Neighbourhood Plan and we had Planit-X’s guidance from the beginning of the process.
    With their expert and clear help we had the Plan approved first time with minimal changes and kept nearly all of the residents on board as well. I would highly recommend them to other Parishes if you are thinking of doing your Plan."

    Chris Allen, Chair | Brigstock Neighbourhood Planning Sub-Committee

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