Community Planning

Parish & Town Council Guidance

Community Led Planning

As well as the new Neighbourhood Plans, local communities can still produce other types of community led plans e.g. Parish Plans and Village Design Statements (VDSs) which reflect local character identity.

The Council is committed to the concept of locally appropriate development which clearly reflects and enhances local character and distinctiveness and is keen to work with local people in the production of these documents.

The following guidance notes will assist groups in the production of their Community Led Plan, please click the links to view the guidance:

Local Voices, Island Issues – A Guide on How to Develop Your Community Led Plan (PDF) (Isle of Wight Council, November 2009)

Isle of Wight Community Planning Guide Resources Pack (PDF) (Isle of Wight Council, October 2006)

A new website giving details of community led planning on the Isle of Wight and in the south east has been launched.  The website at is being managed locally by John Brownscombe on behalf of the Isle of Wight Rural Community Council and he can be contacted by email at or on 01983 524058.

Community led planning is about communities agreeing a shared vision and priorities for their area.  This often leads to the publication of a parish or community plan. Existing Parish Plans and Village Design Statements can be viewed on our web page titled 'Parish and Town Plans & Village Design Statements'.

Knowing Your Place

English Heritage has published guidance on incorporating local distinctiveness and heritage for communities. With sections on energy efficiency and good design it will be a helpful introduction to anyone taking forward a village or parish plan. It also promotes community led conservation area appraisals (p20), the use of redundant historic buildings to meet community needs and how communities can develop interpretation and take action to enhance their streetscape.  It is called “Knowing Your Place” and can be downloaded here.

Planning Aid England

Parish and Town Councils who are looking to produce a Community Led Plan can get free advice from Planning Aid England.  Planning Aid England provides free, independent and professional town planning advice and support to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay planning consultant fees. It complements the work of local planning authorities but is wholly independent of them.

For further information: please contact Planning Aid Adviceline on 0330 123 9244 or  Alternatively, you can view the Planning Aid England website.