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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 plan advice requirement to come into effect in July

Neighbourhood plan advice requirement to come into effect in July

Councils will be obliged to set out their policies on the provision of advice and assistance to neighbourhood planning groups from the end of July, under regulations made by Parliament yesterday.

Judge blocks London neighbourhood plan legal challenge

Judge blocks London neighbourhood plan legal challenge

A High Court judge has rejected a landowner's legal challenge against a council's decision to allow a neighbourhood plan to proceed to a local referendum.

No legal flaw made in written ministerial statement on neighbourhood plans, judge rules

No legal flaw made in written ministerial statement on neighbourhood plans, judge rules

A High Court judge has today dismissed a challenge by housebuilders to a written ministerial statement on the weight to be given to neighbourhood plans in planning decisions.

Fresh neighbourhood planning changes to come into effect in January

Fresh neighbourhood planning changes to come into effect in January

A new requirement for councils to notify neighbourhood planning groups in the "advanced" stage of developing a neighbourhood plan of any upcoming planning applications which could impact on the emerging plan are due to come into force in January.

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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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Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Reports that an Oxfordshire district has suffered a setback in its legal bid to overturn an inspector's approval of a 95-home scheme on a site not allocated in an adopted neighbourhood plan feature in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

Commentators say that proposals for a standard formula to calculate housing need figures for neighbourhood plan areas where a district's local plan is out-of-date may reduce disagreements, but warn of unintended consequences.

Neighbourhood Watch: Documents reveal pilot plan to use CIL to fund parish plan production

Neighbourhood Watch: Documents reveal pilot plan to use CIL to fund parish plan production

Cash from a new £22.8 million package intended to support the development of neighbourhood plans could be used to fund pilots to explore the potential of using Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts to fund the production of parish plans, the latest instalment of Neighbourhood Watch reveals.

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.


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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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