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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 Watch: Hampshire plan survives close call

Neighbourhood Watch: Hampshire plan survives close call

Last month's 58.8 per cent vote in favour of a Hampshire neighbourhood plan is one of the tightest referendum results to date, an analysis of figures compiled by Planning 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.

Oxfordshire neighbourhood plan faces judicial review challenge

Oxfordshire neighbourhood plan faces judicial review challenge

An Oxfordshire neighbourhood plan is facing the threat of judicial review over its allocation of a quarry for possible future employment uses.

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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.

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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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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.

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.


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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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