Neighbourhood Planning: Kelham & Neepsend Area & Forum applications

Closed 9 Jan 2019

Opened 28 Nov 2018

Feedback updated 7 Mar 2019

We asked

We consulted on the applications by Kelham Island and Neepsend for designation of a neighbourhood area and neighbourhood forum as allowed by the Localism Act 2011.  This is the first stage in the neighbourhood planning process.


You said

We received 9 comments on the consultation.  These are summarised in the report and were taken into consideration in making the designations.

We did

On 28 February 2019, the Interim Head of Planning designated the neighbourhood area and designated the neighbourhood forum for a period of 5 years. The new forum can now commence work on developing their neighbourhood plan.


Detail on the designations can be read in the decision report which is available on our website.


Under the Localism Act 2011, local communities can produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan setting out policies on the development and use of land in their area.

Community groups and Parish Councils can apply for the designation of a Neighbourhood Plan Area: this is the first stage in producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

In those parts of Sheffield not covered by a Town or Parish Council a Neighbourhood Forum must be designated by the Council in order to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the Neighbourhood Area. Once a neighbourhood forum has been designated another cannot be designated for the area until that existing neighbourhood forum expires or is withdrawn.

Under The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the Council has received:

(a) an application from the prospective Kelham Island & Neepsend Neighbourhood Forum to designate a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan; and

(b) an application for the Kelham Island & Neepsend Neighbourhood Forum to be designated as the Neighbourhood Planning Forum for this proposed Neighbourhood Area.



Why your views matter

In line with the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), the Council is required to publicise valid Neighbourhood Area applications and valid Neighbourhood Planning Forum applications for a 6 week period.

The Council is now seeking comments on a) the application for a Neighbourhood Area designation and b) the application to designate a Neighbourhood Forum.

The area application includes a map of the neighbourhood area proposed boundary and a statement on why the area is considered appropriate.

The forum application includes a statement to demonstrate that the applicants are capable of being a qualifying body (within the terms of S61F(5) of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 as amended), a copy of the forum constitution, and contact details for the forum.   

A copy of the applications can be seen below or downloaded from the Neighbourhood Planning web page

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Copies of the applications are also available to view at the following locations:

  • First Point, Howden House, 1 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2SH
  • Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 1XZ 

What happens next

All comments received will be considered by the Council before any designation is made.

The Council’s decision on whether to designate the Neighbourhood Planning Area and the Neighbourhood Planning Forum will be published on the Council’s website.

Once a Neighbourhood Development Plan is confirmed by a local referendum it becomes part of the Development Plan for Sheffield and will be used alongside the Sheffield Local Plan to determine planning applications in the relevant Neighbourhood Plan Area.


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