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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

Cheshire neighbourhood plan area amended to exclude garden village

Cheshire neighbourhood plan area amended to exclude garden village

A Cheshire authority has amended a parish council's proposed neighbourhood plan area to exclude a new garden village.

Neighbourhood planning 'complex and burdensome', volunteers say

Neighbourhood planning 'complex and burdensome', volunteers say

EXCLUSIVE: Volunteers who produce neighbourhood plans regard the process as complex and burdensome, involving technical planning knowledge that many communities have to acquire from outside, according to research seen by Planning.

Developer fails in bid to overturn East Sussex neighbourhood plan

Developer fails in bid to overturn East Sussex neighbourhood plan

The Court of Appeal has thrown out a developer's legal bid to quash a neighbourhood plan for a village in East Sussex.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Boundary changes scupper Cheshire plan

Neighbourhood Watch: Boundary changes scupper Cheshire plan

A neighbourhood plan covering a group of parishes in Cheshire has been rejected at examination, following a governance review that altered the boundaries of parishes in the area.

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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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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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