A Neighbourhood Development Order is a means for parish/town councils or neighbourhood forums to grant planning permission for certain kinds of development within a specified area. For example, in historic areas, a Neighbourhood Development Order could allow missing historical features such as front boundary walls to be reinstated or could allow things like improvements to shop fronts or extensions to houses or other buildings. This could be for the whole of or just for a part of the neighbourhood area.
A Community Right to Build Order is a special kind of Neighbourhood Development Order, granting planning permission for development schemes, such as a housing scheme. Local community organisations that meet certain requirements or parish/ town councils are able to prepare Community Right to Build Orders. Locality has produced separate guidance on the use of Community Right to Build Orders.