Lancaster City Council has approved an application from Halton with Aughton Parish Council to designate an area for its neighbourhood plan.
Neighbourhood planning gives communities the chance to decide where new development should be and what it should look like.
A plan might include new homes, shops and offices.
The first step is to designate an area for the plan to be based on. In the case of Halton with Aughton this includes the whole of the parish.
The next stage is for the parish council and community to prepare their neighbourhood plan and set out areas of land for the future development of homes, community facilities, and employment.
Once the plan is written, it will be consulted on locally and submitted to the city council for independent examination.
It could then be subject to a local referendum to make sure it has the support of local people.
Coun Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for planning and regeneration, said: “Neighbourhood planning provides a great opportunity for people to shape future development in their area, as well as helping to preserve and conserve their heritage and environment.
“Halton with Aughton is one of four rural communities the city council is working with in the creation of neighbourhood plans and helping to create long term and sustainable growth.”
For more information on neighbourhood plans visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning.