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Track neighbourhood planning activity across England. Use our 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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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

Neighbourhood Watch: Poll cements county's hotspot status

Neighbourhood Watch: Poll cements county's hotspot status

Herefordshire's status as a neighbourhood planning hotspot has been further underlined by residents' approval of a neighbourhood plan for the rural parish of Eaton Bishop.

Oxfordshire parishes secure levy money from 1,200-home allocation

Oxfordshire parishes secure levy money from 1,200-home allocation

Two Oxfordshire parish councils have successfully argued a case to have a 1,200-home development included in their joint neighbourhood plan area, meaning they will benefit from any Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money arising from the scheme.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Post-referendum plans given effect

Neighbourhood Watch: Post-referendum plans given effect

Councils in England must now have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plans (NDPs) as a material consideration in determining planning applications, under regulations in force from last week.

Javid refuses 130 homes against inspector's advice

Javid refuses 130 homes against inspector's advice

Plans for 130 homes on farmland near Buckingham have been refused by the communities secretary Sajid Javid against an inspector's recommendation, after he attached 'very substantial' weight to the town's adopted neighbourhood plan.

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Neigbourhood Planning Key Policy & Legislation Documents

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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Neighbourhood Planning In Depth

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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