BETA This is our new website. We would appreciate your feedback on it.

Neighbourhood planning

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 planning.policy@iow.gov.uk.

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

Some of the information on this page links back to our council website (iow.gov.uk)

Contact information

Planning Policy

Seaclose Offices
Fairlee Road
Newport
Isle of Wight
PO30 2QS

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm