These new regulations came into force on 6 April 2012:
Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012
These new regulations outline detailed requirements for neighbourhood planning, including the procedures for designating a neighbourhood area and forum, and making neighbourhood development plans, neighbourhood development orders and Community Right to Build Orders.
Further regulations on neighbourhood planning referendums and guidance on neighbourhood planning will follow later this year. More information on neighbourhood planning can be found at (http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/neighbourhoodplanningvanguards/).
The full text of the regulations can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/637/pdfs/uksi_20120637_en.pdf.
Please address any queries to Gareth Bradford in DCLG in the first instance