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Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Use our new interactive map to view how many applications for neighbourhood planning powers have been received by English councils and the names of the groups that have submitted them.

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Five things you need to know about the Neighbourhood Planning Bill's passage through the Lords

Five things you need to know about the Neighbourhood Planning Bill's passage through the Lords

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill completed its passage through the House of Lords last week. Here are the developments of key significance from the last week's third reading stage, as the bill nears its final passages through Parliament.

Javid approves 97 homes despite risk of 'erosion of confidence' in neighbourhood planning

Javid approves 97 homes despite risk of 'erosion of confidence' in neighbourhood planning

The communities secretary has approved outline plans for 97 homes on a site at Hassocks in West Sussex, despite concluding that the decision could 'lead to an erosion of local confidence in neighbourhood planning'.

Report highlights 'patchy' performance of local plans in explaining neighbourhood planning

Report highlights 'patchy' performance of local plans in explaining neighbourhood planning

The extent to which local plans in London explain the role of neighbourhood planning to community groups is 'patchy at best', according to a new report.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector sinks Northamptonshire plan

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector sinks Northamptonshire plan

News that an inspector has torpedoed a Northamptonshire village's neighbourhood plan after she concluded that it did not meet 'basic conditions' laid down in planning legislation feature in the latest Neighbourhood Watch round-up.

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Neighbourhood Planning: Written statement

Brandon Lewis has issued a written statement extending by 6 months the period for consideration of the recovery of planning appeals for residential development over 10 units in areas where a qualifying body has submitted a neighbourhood plan proposal to the local planning authority or where a neighbourhood plan has been made.

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How councils and parish planners are responding to minister's statement

How councils and parish planners are responding to minister's statement

A written statement strengthening neighbourhood plans is beginning to influence decisions, has already prompted one parish council to start work on a neighbourhood plan, and could lead to more parishes rushing to get such plans in place, observers have claimed.

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

The Tory peer who has launched legal action in a bid to overturn the communities secretary's decision to allow a scheme comprising 50 homes in East Sussex has said that the approval has 'destroyed' a village's neighbourhood plan and 'destroyed people's trust in fair government'.

How Barwell's boost to neighbourhood plans could affect development prospects

How Barwell's boost to neighbourhood plans could affect development prospects

Shortly before Christmas, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued a written ministerial statement (WMS) that overnight changed the weight to be given to some places' neighbourhood plans.

What recent decisions reveal about parish plan strength

What recent decisions reveal about parish plan strength

Recent appeal decisions have not made the picture any clearer on the circumstances in which neighbourhood plan policies can override housing land supply shortfalls.


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Legal viewpoint: Tide turns in homes battle with neighbourhood plans

Legal viewpoint: Tide turns in homes battle with neighbourhood plans

In May 2015, in the week before the general election, three ministerial decisions were quashed by the High Court.

Legal Viewpoint: Tide turns in homes battle with neighbourhood plans

Legal Viewpoint: Tide turns in homes battle with neighbourhood plans

In May 2015, in the week before the general election, three ministerial decisions were quashed by the High Court.

Minister risks protecting too many neighbourhood plans, by Richard Garlick

Minister risks protecting too many neighbourhood plans, by Richard Garlick

The government view on the correct weight to be given to neighbourhood plans in decision-making has not always been easy to gauge in the past few years.

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