RESIDENTS in Derbyshire can now have their say on the planning policies which will shape their communities.
Groups can draw up plans on where they think new homes should go, which green spaces should be protected and what new development should look like.
Neighbourhood Planning is part of the Government’s Localism Act and applies to area covered by a town or parish council which write the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
In areas which do not have a parish or town council, other groups can apply to become a Neighbourhood Forum which can the write the plan.
Derbyshire County Council has produced a leaflet, called Neighbourhood plans - a voice for your community, to offer advice and guidance.
Coun Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “People have strong opinions about change to the area where they live and Neighbourhood Development Plans give them a greater say in shaping its future.
“They’re about giving people the chance to be positive about the changes they would like to see, not about saying no to new development.
“Our new leaflet provides important information to help people decide whether a Neighbourhood Development Plan is for them and gives useful contacts.”
The leaflets are available from Derbyshire County Council libraries.
l For more information visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ndp.