Become a Member of the Braunton

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

At the meeting held on 30 August 2019, the following residents and parish councillors were elected as members of the Braunton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (BNPSG).

David Relph (Chair)
Sue Prosper
Ruth McDonough
Graham Bell
Marguerite Shapland
Adrian Bryant 
Brian Gilbert 
Kathy Hamilton

A further 4 Braunton residents need to be elected to make the total membership of the Steering Group 12,  consisting of 8 residents and 4 parish councillors.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the BNPSG please download the nomination form below and return it to the Parish Clerk's office or email it to

Braunton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Agendas 

28 February 2020 

30 August 2019

Nomination Form Membership of BNPSG


30 August 2019
20 April 2018

Deep Dive Meetings

Built Environment


Introduction to Neighbourhood Planning

What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

What can communities use neighbourhood planning for?

Local communities can choose to:

  • set planning policies through a neighbourhood plan that is used in determining planning applications.
  • grant planning permission through Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders for specific development with complies with the order.

Neighbourhood planning is not a legal requirement but a right which communities in England can choose to use. Communities may decide that they could achieve the outcomes they want to see through other planning routes, such as incorporating their proposals for the neighbourhood into the Local Plan, or through other planning mechanisms such as Local Development Orders and supplementary planning documents or through pre-application consultation on development proposals. Communities and local planning authorities should discuss the different choices communities have to achieving their ambitions for their neighbourhood.

What is the role of a parish or town council in neighbourhood planning?

In a designated neighbourhood area which contains all or part of the administrative area of a town or parish council, the town or parish council is responsible for neighbourhood planning.

Where a parish or town council chooses to produce a neighbourhood plan or Order it should work with other members of the community who are interested in, or affected by, the neighbourhood planning proposals to allow them to play an active role in preparing a neighbourhood plan or Order.

The relationship between any group and the formal functions of the town or parish council should be transparent to the wider public. A parish or town council may choose to establish an advisory committee or sub-committee under section 102(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and appoint local people (who need not be parish councillors) to those bodies. Members of such committees or sub-committees would have voting rights under section 13(3), (4)(e) or (4)(h) of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. The terms of reference for a steering group or other body should be published and the minutes of meetings made available to the public.

What is a designated neighbourhood forum?

A designated neighbourhood forum is an organisation or group empowered to lead the neighbourhood planning process in a neighbourhood area where there is no town or parish council.

A group or organisation must apply to the local planning authority to be designated as a neighbourhood forum (a forum application). Those making a forum application must show how they have sought to comply with the conditions for neighbourhood forum designation. These are set out in section 61F(5) of the Tow and Country Planning Act 1990 as applied to the Neighbourhood plans by action 38A of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. 

To be designated a neighbourhood forum must have a membership that includes a minimum of 21 individuals who either:

  • live in the neighbourhood area, and/or
  • be elected members for the local authority that includes all or part of the neighbourhood area. 


Designation Area of Braunton Neighbourhood Plan

Braunton Parish Council applied to North Devon Council for the entire parish boundary to be designated as a Neighbourhood Plan area.  This was agreed in June 2016. To see the attached plan of the area, please click the link below.

Braunton Neighbourhood Plan Designated Area Map


Braunton Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG)

The Steering Group's purpose is to design, implement and oversee the Neighbourhood Development Plan process in order that this will then progress to Independent Examination and a successful community referendum and ultimately be adopted by North Devon Council and become planning policy. 

For the Steering Group's full terms of reference, please click on the link below.

Braunton NPSG Terms of Reference