Neighbourhood Planning

You can influence the future of your neighbourhood by preparing a neighbourhood plan where you set out the vision for your local area and general planning policies to help guide developments in Redbridge.

Neighbourhood planning, which was introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act and came into force on 6 April 2012 allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a neighbourhood plan that reflect their priorities, deliver local benefits and can influence planning decisions.


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

  • a document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area. Planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications
  • it is written by the local community
  • a way to help communities ensure they get the right types of development, in the right place 

Neighbourhood planning is a vital part of the Government's plans to help local communities play a much stronger role in the shaping of their area Neighbourhood Planning Regulations.


How do I get started?

The organisation "Locality" has on their ‘Neighbourhood Planning' website information where you can apply directly for support and funding through the "Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme". This includes both "peer to peer" support from other neighbourhood planning groups and information about grant funding for consultants to help with key evidence around technical issues.

The locality is funded as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Neighbourhood Planning and Community Right to Build support programme. They are working in partnership with Planning and Environment Consultancy AECOM, RICS, Design Council, RTPI and others and has government funding to support communities with neighbourhood planning.

NeighbourhoodPlanners.London is a London-wide network of Neighbourhood Forums and prospective forums, and offers resources and networking for groups with a specific focus on the particular challenges of neighbourhood planning in London.

Current Neighbourhood Planning Designations

Redbridge has one designated Neighbourhood Area and Forum at present.

Designations last for five years, but a Forum and/or Area may be re-designated upon application.

South Woodford

South Woodford has a Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum. Both designations were made by Cabinet on 11 February 2020.

The Forum is part of the South Woodford Society, who may be contacted at for further information.

Neighbourhood Area (PDF KB)

Neighbourhood Forum Constitution (PDF 113KB)


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