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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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Neighbourhood Planning News

Government announces £22.8m tranche of neighbourhood planning cash

Government announces £22.8m tranche of neighbourhood planning cash

The government has confirmed a fresh tranche of funding to support the development of neighbourhood plans across England.

Neighbourhood plan housing need proposals published

Neighbourhood plan housing need proposals published

Councils with up-to-date local plans could be expected to provide neighbourhood planning groups with a housing need figure for their plan areas, while councils without an up-to-date local plan could use a 'simple formula-based approach' to supply such a figure, a consultation document has proposed.

Axe falls for second time on proposed west London neighbourhood plan area

Axe falls for second time on proposed west London neighbourhood plan area

A proposed neighbourhood planning area straddling the boundary of a west London council and that of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation has been drastically scaled back after planners concluded that the proposed area was 'not appropriate to be designated'.

Neighbourhood Watch: Trailblazers seek to refresh powers

Neighbourhood Watch: Trailblazers seek to refresh powers

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the introduction of neighbourhood planning in April 2012.

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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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What is behind the regional divide in neighbourhood planning activity?

What is behind the regional divide in neighbourhood planning activity?

An analysis of data from the first 350 neighbourhood plan referendums shows little sign that enthusiasm for neighbourhood planning is tailing off, but reveals significant regional variations in the number of votes that have been cast.

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

News that an inspector has thrown out an attempt to remove a condition preventing two new homes in a Cornish holiday resort from being occupied as second homes or used for holiday accommodation features in the latest instalment of Neighbourhood Watch.

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Practitioners believe that more neighbourhood groups could follow the example set by two Cornish neighbourhood plans endorsed by residents in local polls held earlier this month, which seek to use planning conditions to prevent new open market housing from being used as second homes.

Neighbourhood Watch: 50,000 residents back parish plans on election day

Neighbourhood Watch: 50,000 residents back parish plans on election day

More than 20 neighbourhood plan referendums took place on the same day as last week's local elections, with nearly 50,000 residents voting in favour, and fewer than 7,000 against.


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Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

If the man travelling to St Ives in the nursery rhyme is planning to buy a new second home there with any or all of his seven wives, he has another thing coming.

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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