Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning - general

The government has published guidance on neighbourhood planning. The aim is that local people will be the driver to help shape how their local communities grow and develop over the coming years. A neighbourhood plan must work alongside the local plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.

Neighbourhood development plans can only be made by one of two groups:

  • parish or town councils
  • neighbourhood forums.

We have a duty to support groups who want to prepare a neighbourhood development plan. This support will be given in two ways:

  • Being responsible for the statutory processes required for neighbourhood development plans.
  • Providing technical advice, guidance and support.

A neighbourhood plan must go through an Examination in Public once it has been written. If that is successful a local vote will then take place to see if the plan is accepted. A plan will need more than half the votes to be accepted.

If you are considering undertaking a neighbourhood development plan, it is suggested you contact the Planning Policy team by emailing

The Planning Portal and Planning Advisory Service provide further information on neighbourhood planning.

Current neighbourhood plans

There are currently five neighbourhood plans on the Island. Following extensive local consultation and public referendums within the neighbourhood, the following plans were approved:

Parish, town or community council
Neighbourhood plan
MapAdoption dateBackground information
Bembridge Parish CouncilBembridge neighbourhood development planBembridge neighbourhood plan area28 July 2014 Bembridge neighbourhood plan

Brading Town Council
Brading neighbourhood development planBrading neighbourhood plan area

19 March 2015

Brading development plan document
Brighstone Parish CouncilBrighstone neighbourhood development planBrighstone neighbourhood plan area

19 September 2016

Brightstone development plan
Freshwater Parish CouncilFreshwater neighbourhood development planFreshwater neighbourhood plan area statement and map12 March 2018 Freshwater development plan document
Gurnard Parish Council Gurnard
Gurnard neighbourhood plan area11 September 2017Gurnard development plan document

Designation of a neighbourhood area

Regulation 7(1) of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012

The Isle of Wight Council has designated the following areas as neighbourhood areas under Section 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended):

Nettlestone and Seaview Neighbourhood Area

Application by Nettlestone and Seaview Parish Council.

Yarmouth and Thorley Neighbourhood Area

Application by Yarmouth Town Council.