Neighbourhood planning

Planning and building control

Neighbourhood plans give communities more of a say in the development of their local area.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced by the Localism Act. It enables communities to draw up a plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say (within certain limits) in the development of their local area.​

Neighbourhood plans are led by authorised community organisations – a neighbourhood forum. In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations (2012), community groups intending to take up neighbourhood planning will first need to apply to the Council for neighbourhood area/forum designation.

Application Form: Application to Designate a Neighbourhood Area/Forum

The Council is encouraging the preparation of neighbourhood plans as 'Community Plans'. When prepared these will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document without necessarily proceeding through the formal stages of independent examination and a referendum.

Further information

Planning Policy Team
London Borough of Waltham Forest
The Magistrates, 1 Farnan Avenue, Walthamstow, London E17 4NX
020 8496 6748


About the Highams Park Neighbourhood Area / Forum.
Consultation on the Highams Park Neighbourhood Plan