The Government’s Localism Act offers new rights and powers for communities. This includes Neighbourhood Planning where a community can come together and produce a plan to shape how their local area should develop and grow. For example, your local community have the opportunity to:

  • say where you think new houses, businesses and shops should be built
  • have a say on what buildings should look like
  • grant planning permission for new development that you want to see go ahead

Four neighbourhood areas have been designated in Sheffield at Stocksbridge, Dore, and BBEST (Broomhill, Broomfield, Endcliffe, Summerfield and Tapton) and Kelham Island and Neepsend. 

To be involved in the content and consultation, please contact the individual groups. The map illustrates designated and proposed (none currently proposed) neighbourhood areas in Sheffield.

Neighbourhood Planning cannot be used to block the building of the homes and businesses considered to be necessary to meet the city’s current and future needs. However, you can use it to influence the type, design, location and mix of new development. Neighbourhood Planning can involve producing any of the following:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plan - a plan will establish the vision and planning policies for the use and development of land in your neighbourhood. Once adopted it would be used alongside the National Planning Policy Framework and the Sheffield Plan when deciding planning applications
  • Neighbourhood Development Order - allows the community to grant planning permission for certain types of new developments within a neighbourhood area
  • Community Right to Build Order - gives communities the power to develop local, often small scale, developments where they want them

These are all subject to an independent examination and a local referendum before they can be adopted. 

Neighbourhood Planning is led by the local community. A Neighbourhood Development Plan and/or Neighbourhood Development Order can be prepared by:

  • Stocksbridge Town Council
  • Ecclesfield Parish Council
  • Bradfield Parish Council

Where there is no Parish or Town Council, a Neighbourhood Forum can lead on coordinating neighbourhood planning in your area. This could be an existing community organisation or a new group, but to be established it would need to meet certain criteria; and the Neighbourhood Forum and neighbourhood area boundary will need to be approved by us.

A Community Right to Build Order is a special type of Neighbourhood Development Order and can be created by any local community organisation provided they meet certain criteria. If you are thinking of neighbourhood planning for your community please contact us before submitting any application.

Current Applications for Designation

There are no current applications.

Kelham Island and Neepsend Neighbourhood Plan

Kelham Island and Neepsend has been designated a Neighbourhood forum for 5 years from 28 February 2019.

A copy of the Kelham Island and Neepsend Forum constitution and a map of the designated neighbourhood area are available to download.

If you want further information about the Kelham Island and Neepsend Neighbourhood Plan please visit the Kelham Island and Neepsend Community Alliance website, contact them at or write to:

Kelham Island & Neepsend Neighbourhood Forum
c/o Daniel Gordon
3 Brooklyn Works
S3 8SH

Broomhill, Broomfield, Endcliffe, Summerfield & Tapton Neighbourhood Plan

Broomhill, Broomfield, Endcliffe, Summerfield and Tapton (BBEST) has been designated as a Neighbourhood Forum for 5 years from 24 January 2015.  

A copy of the BBEST Neighbourhood Forum constitution, and a designated map of the area proposed by the BBEST, are available to download. 

If you want further information about the BBEST Neighbourhood Plan please visit the BBEST website, email them at, or write to:

BBEST Neighbourhood Forum
c/o Anne Daw
129 Harcourt Road
S10 1DJ

Dore Neighbourhood Plan

Dore Village Society has been designated as the Dore Neighbourhood Forum for 5 years from 16 October 2014.

The Dore Neighbourhood Area, proposed by Dore Neighbourhood Forum has been designated. The neighbourhood area is partly in the Sheffield Planning Authority and partly in the Peak District National Park Authority.    

A map of the area is available to download from this page, along with a copy of the Dore Neighbourhood Forum constitution. 

If you want further information about the Dore Neighbourhood Plan please visit the Dore Village Society website, or contact David Crosby of the Dore Village Society. 

Email David at, telephone 0114 453 9615, or write to: 

Dore Neighbourhood Forum
c/o David Crosby
41 Rushley Drive
S17 3EL

Stockbridge Neighbourhood Plan

Stocksbridge Town Council are working with the Stocksbridge Design Statement group on a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Stocksbridge Neighbourhood Area has been designated. It does not cover the whole parish boundary, only that part within the Sheffield planning area boundary. A map of the area is available to download from this page.

If you want further information about the Stocksbridge Neighbourhood Plan, please visit the Stocksbridge Town Council website, email them at, or write to:

Teresa Bisatt
Clerk to the Council
Stocksbridge Town Council
Town Hall
Manchester Road
S36 2DT