In 2013, the region became the first to put a neighbourhood plan to a vote - the Upper Eden plan - but others in the region have been slow to follow, data suggests. It shows that more than 100 plans in England have passed the referendum stage, but only 6.5 per cent are in the North West.
But the figures signal that neighbourhood planning activity is lower in London, in the North East and in Yorkshire and the Humber (see infographic, left). One plan has passed the referendum stage in Yorkshire and the Humber, while London and the North East have only three apiece.
The data reveals that neighbourhood planning activity is highest in the South East. According to the analysis, 27.8 per cent of plans to pass the referendum stage are in the South East.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATES
Somerset: The Clutton neighbourhood plan was included as part of Bath and North East Somerset Council's local development framework on 4 November. The document is intended to help determine planning applications in the village up to 2035.
Somerset and Wiltshire: The cross-boundary Freshford and Limpley Stoke neighbourhood plan has been made part of both Wiltshire Council's and Bath and North East Somerset Council's local development frameworks. The plan had been backed by 74.4 per cent of voters in a referendum that took place on 10 September.
Surrey: The Hook Heath neighbourhood development plan was made as part of Woking Borough Council's local development framework on 22 October. The plan had passed a referendum with a vote of 94 per cent in favour earlier in the same month.
Merseyside: The Devonshire Park neighbourhood plan has passed a referendum with a vote of 92 per cent in favour on a turnout of 31 per cent.
Northamptonshire: The Duston neighbourhood plan has been backed in a local referendum, with an 85.6 per cent vote in favour on a turnout of 16.6 per cent.
West Sussex: Examiner Janet Cheesley has endorsed the Birdham Parish neighbourhood plan. In a report to Chichester District Council, she said the plan could proceed to a referendum, provided that modifications are made.