Community Led Plans

Community Led Plans (Parish Plans and Village Design Statements) and their Integration with the Planning System

Parish Plans and Village Design Statements

Community Led Plans - Integrating with the Planning System suggests the best ways to integrate your Parish Plan or Village Design Statement with the Local Plan (previously known as the Core Strategy), so that it effectively influences the future land use planning of our District.

The leaflet also explains how the Planning Policy team offer an advisory service to inform Parish Plans and Village Design Statements of how references and linkages can be made to the emerging Local Plan, thereby making the community led plan more material, so it can be used in making representations on planning applications.

Please note we are in the process of updating this guidance in light of emerging guidance from Central Government, if you have any questions, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01935 462462, or email

Information about Neighbourhood Plans can also be viewed.

Please note: Parish Plans and Village Design Statements do not comprise Neighbourhood Development Plans under the terms of the Localism Act 2011 and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. It should also be noted that the Localism Act inserted new clauses regarding neighbourhood planning into the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.