Neighbourhood planning

Consultation for designation of a neighbourhood area - Nettlestone and Seaview

Nettlestone and Seaview Parish Council has applied to the Isle of Wight Council for designation of a neighbourhood area. This is under Regulation 6(1) Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 which would cover the whole parish.

Designating a Neighbourhood Area is the first step in the Neighbourhood Plan process. Once an area is designated, then the relevant town, parish or community council (in this case Nettlestone & Seaview PC) will start work with local residents and stakeholders. They will gather evidence and think about what a Neighbourhood Plan for their area could include.

There is now a 6 week consultation period. This is to give the public the opportunity to make comments on the proposed neighbourhood area.

A copy of the application can also be viewed at

Consultation opens: Monday 3 April 2023

Consultation closes: Friday 19 May 2023

Comments can be submitted by email to or by post to Planning Services, Seaclose Office, Fairlee Road, Newport, PO30 2QS.

Copies of the application are also available for public inspection at:

Seaclose Offices Reception, Fairlee Road, Newport
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

County Hall Reception, High Street, Newport
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

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