Neighbourhood plans must be in general conformity with the strategic priorities of the Local Plan. The examination process for neighbourhood plans is slightly different, and ‘lighter touch’ than Local Plan examination. There is nothing to prevent neighbourhood plans and Local Plans being developed in parallel, and the Planning Practice Guidance sets out that authorities and neighbourhood groups should work closely where both are developing at the same time. If you are developing a neighbourhood plan you should not be put off by a Local Plan being at examination, and therefore being subject to scrutiny. Instead try and work with the authority and understand the issues coming through at examination to ensure that the neighbourhood plan aligns with the strategic priorities of the Local Plan.
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