Neighbourhood planning - government response to consultation

The Government has responded to a consultation on proposals to simplify the production of neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood development orders.

In July 2014, the Government launched a technical consultation on planning which set out a number of proposals for improving the planning system. Section 1 of this document put forward proposals to make it easier to produce neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development orders. The proposed reforms are part of a wider set of planned improvements with the intention of helping more communities to take up the new powers to do this, and ensure individual neighbourhood plans and Orders can complete more quickly.

The consultation sought views on proposals to introduce time limits within which local planning authorities must take decisions on certain applications for a neighbourhood area to be designated. Views were also sought on changes to the pre-submission consultation and publicity process for neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood development orders, and the documents that must accompany a neighbourhood plan when submitted to a local planning authority.

The consultation ran from 31 July to 29 September 2014. There were 467 responses to the consultation of which 137 (29%) were from individuals and 330 were from organisations. Of the organisations responding 42 per cent were from the public sector. Just under 10 per cent of responses were made on behalf of parish and town councils and designated neighbourhood forums. 18 per cent of respondents were from the development industry (or had development interests) professional bodies and trade associations.

The Government now intends to develop regulations and guidance as quickly as possible. The objective is to lay new regulations in Parliament to come into effect - subject to the Parliamentary process - by the end of January 2015. 

Date: 31/12/2014 Date of publication

Author: DCLG

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 7.1

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