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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 Bill nears Royal Assent

Neighbourhood Planning Bill nears Royal Assent

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill is awaiting Royal Assent after peers yesterday agreed to MPs' amendments to the legislation.

Lords to consider Neighbourhood Planning Bill amendments on Tuesday

Lords to consider Neighbourhood Planning Bill amendments on Tuesday

The House of Lords is scheduled to consider MPs' amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill next Tuesday as the government attempts to conclude its business before Parliament is dissolved ahead of June's snap general election.

Neighbourhood plan conflict trumps 315 Cheshire homes

Neighbourhood plan conflict trumps 315 Cheshire homes

The communities secretary has refused three appeals for 315 homes across separate sites around Tattenhall in Cheshire, against recommendations for approval from a planning inspector.

Neighbourhood Watch: Neighbourhood plan trumps housing shortfall

Neighbourhood Watch: Neighbourhood plan trumps housing shortfall

News that a High Court judge has blocked plans to build 100 homes in West Sussex after he ruled that the communities secretary had not given excessive weight to a neighbourhood plan features 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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What new duties will mean for neighbourhood plan examinations

What new duties will mean for neighbourhood plan examinations

A set of new duties for neighbourhood plan examiners was announced by the government last week, in an attempt to improve dialogue between participants during examinations. But experts have warned that they could add to the cost and length of the process.

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.


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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.

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.

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.

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