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 developments that you want to see go ahead

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

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 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.

Current Neighbourhood Plan Submissions

  • We have received a Neighbourhood Plan proposal submitted by Broomhill, Broomfield, Endcliffe, Summerfield and Tapton (BBEST) Neighbourhood Forum.

    Following conclusion of a six week Regulation 16 publication of the BBEST Neighbourhood Plan on 20 March 2020, examination of the plan is now underway.

    Please see BBEST Neighbourhood Plan for full details.

    We have received a Neighbourhood Plan proposal submitted by Dore Neighbourhood Forum. A consultation is open for a period of 6 weeks from Monday 14 September 2020 to Monday 26 October 2020 to receive representations on the submitted plan. Please see  Dore Neighbourhood Plan for full details.

Kelham Island and Neepsend Neighbourhood Plan

Broomhill, Broomfield, Endcliffe, Summerfield & Tapton Neighbourhood Plan

Dore Neighbourhood Plan

  • Dore Village Society has been designated as the Dore Neighbourhood Forum for a further 5 years from 16 October 2019.

    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. 

    Dore Neighbourhood Forum have been working on a Neighbourhood Plan and have submitted a Neighbourhood Development Plan proposal to us and to the Peak District National Park Authority for examination.

    Under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, we (as the Local Planning Authority) are responsible for the next stages of the Neighbourhood Plan process.  The Dore draft Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available here.

    Representations on the draft Neighbourhood Plan submission are invited for a 6 week period from Monday 14 September to Monday 26 October 2020.

    Our preferred method for comments is online at our dedicated planning consultations portal.

    You can also comment by email at or by post:

    Forward & Area Planning
    Planning Service
    Sheffield City Council
    Howden House
    1 Union Street
    S1 2SH

    Please be aware that all representations will be publicly available and may also appear on our website.  We are required to share your information with an examiner for the purposes of the examination.  For full details on how we will use your information please see our Privacy Notice.

    Any representations made may include a request to be notified of Sheffield City Council’s decision on the proposed plan.

  • 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

Stocksbridge Neighbourhood Plan

Ecclesfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan

  • The Ecclesfield Parish Neighbourhood area proposed by Ecclesfield Parish Council has been designated.

    A map of the area is available below.

    If you want further information about the Ecclesfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan please visit the Ecclesfield Parish Council website, or contact the parish clerk.

    Email, telephone 0114 2845095 or write to: 

    Ecclesfield Parish Council
    Council Offices
    Mortomley Lane
    S35 3HS

Contact Neighbourhood Planning

Howden House
1 Union Street

S1 2SH