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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: Judge backs St Ives second homes ban

Neighbourhood Watch: Judge backs St Ives second homes ban

News that the High Court has backed a neighbourhood plan policy intended to halt the spread of second homes in St Ives in Cornwall features in the latest Neighbourhood Watch bulletin.

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.

Guidance changes herald new rules on CIL for mezzanines and neighbourhood planning

Guidance changes herald new rules on CIL for mezzanines and neighbourhood planning

Latest changes to planning practice guidance (PPG) have exempted new mezzanine floors from paying the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and have set out new rules for the neighbourhood planning process.

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Javid finds in favour of 100-home scheme after earlier Pickles refusal

Javid finds in favour of 100-home scheme after earlier Pickles refusal

The communities secretary Sajid Javid has approved plans for 100 homes in Staffordshire, more than 18 months after former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles' decision to block the application on the grounds that it would 'undermine' an emerging neighbourhood plan was quashed following a legal challenge.

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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

Why a neighbourhood plan became the first to fail at referendum

Why a neighbourhood plan became the first to fail at referendum

The first rejection of a neighbourhood plan at referendum raises questions about the limits of localism and shows what can happen when a planning authority and neighbourhood planners stop talking, observers say.

How we did it: Building support for a neighbourhood plan

How we did it: Building support for a neighbourhood plan

Innovative engagement tactics proved key to creating a plan for one of Bristol's most diverse areas. John Geoghegan reports.

Why Javid overruled an inspector to back a neighbourhood plan and block 100 homes

Why Javid overruled an inspector to back a neighbourhood plan and block 100 homes

The communities secretary's decision to refuse a 100-home development in a West Sussex village because of policies contained in its recently-made neighbourhood plan has 'perturbed many' in the development industry.

Why a village had to vote for a second time on its parish plan

Why a village had to vote for a second time on its parish plan

A Buckinghamshire village has voted to back its neighbourhood plan for a second time after a legal challenge quashed the result of its first poll. However, turnout was lower the second time around.


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Legal Viewpoint: Meeting basic conditions on neighbourhood plans

Legal Viewpoint: Meeting basic conditions on neighbourhood plans

A High Court ruling last month considered how alternative sites were dealt with in preparing a neighbourhood plan for Henfield in West Sussex.

Barwell puts his trust in neighbourhoods, by Richard Garlick

Barwell puts his trust in neighbourhoods, by Richard Garlick

Theresa May's government has already shown that it is prepared to change the course of planning policy set by its predecessor. The dropping of the plan to make the National Infrastructure Commission a statutory body was a clear demonstration of a fresh approach.

The DCLG's new leadership aims to put its own stamp on planning, by Richard Garlick

The DCLG's new leadership aims to put its own stamp on planning, by Richard Garlick

In the days immediately following the UK's vote to leave the European Union, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was keen to reassure people that business would continue as usual.

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