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Last revised November 5, 2018

  1. How to draw up your own plans / planning document
  2. Design Guidance
  3. Urban Design Guidance
  4. ‘Sustainability’ and power / energy guidance
  5. Set up and run a Neighbourhood Development Forum
  6. Community Involvement / consultation / engagement best practice
  7. Comment on planning application
  8. Resources available from other organisations

How to draw up your own plans / planning document

Choices and Chosing; how to choose which planning tool is right for you: CPRE guide

How to draw up a set of development principles

How to do a character assessment of your area:

How to draw up a site brief

How to write a Neighbourhood Area (development) Plan

Design Guidance

Design is more than aesthetics.
Design is about responding to the existing character, movement patterns, appearance and other attributes of the area. It is about how people will be able to use the development when it is built. At a more detailed level, design addresses matters of massing and bulk, external materials and landscaping, inclusive design and how the orientation of proposed buildings and their relationship to public spaces would provide adequate natural surveillance to help make a safe, secure environment.
from Design at Appeal CABE

Building for Life 12  

Building for Life 12 (BfL12) is led by three partners: Cabe at the Design Council, Design for Homes and the Home Builders Federation, supported by Nottingham Trent University.

The 12 questions reflect our vision of what new housing developments should be: attractive, functional and sustainable places.  

Urban Design Guidance

see Convivial spaces for discussion about the way the public use seating in urban spaces
Our Inherited City, Bristol  Bristol Heritage Framework guidance
Streets for all South West; Historic England guidance May 2018

‘Sustainability’ and power / energy guidance

Centre for Sustainable Energy guide 

Set up and run a Neighbourhood Development Forum

How to set up a Neighbourhood Forum

Community Involvement / consultation / engagement best practice

How to respond to pre application community involvement approach from a developer Pre App CI checklist

How developers should involve the community in pre application discussions:
Bristol City Council Guidelines BCC guidance
Guidance for developer NPN webpage

Comment on planning application

How to respond to a planning application
Your chance to have your say – BCC guidance
How to respond to a planning application – NPN webpage
How to respond to Planning Applications – CPRE guide

Resources available from other organisations

CPRE resource guidance page
full list of CPRE planning documents and guidance

Locality 
Locality has been involved in Neighbourhood Planning and has resources to help groups doing their own plans.