Neighbourhood Watch: Barwell moots further measures to boost neighbourhood plans

News that housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell has hinted that he may look at increasing the weight accorded to adopted neighbourhood plans where a council does not have an up-to-date local plan in place features in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell
Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell

Speaking during a debate on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill in Parliament this week, Barwell was asked whether he would "look again at strengthening the authority of neighbourhood plans where there is no completed local plan and no agreed five-year land supply, and declare that the neighbourhood plan has the weight of a local plan where there is no such plan in place".

Barwell said that this "gets to the heart of the matter: the interaction between neighbourhood plans and local plans, and particularly the issue of five-year land supply". He added: "We will want to return to that issue as the bill goes through Parliament."

Asked by another MP whether he thought there is "at least a potential for the National Planning Policy Framework to be used as the reference point under those circumstances", Barwell replied: "I certainly do, and I think that there are ways we could look at addressing the issue, either through the bill or through policy changes. I am very conscious of what the problem is, and I am sure that we can work together to find a solution as the bill goes through."

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill will now move to its committee stage.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATES

PLANS ADOPTED

The Lavenham Neighbourhood Development Plan was made part of Babergh District Council's local development framework on 20 September 2016.

The East Bergholt Neighbourhood Development Planwas made part of Babergh District Council's local development framework on 20 September 2016.

The Welton by Lincoln Neighbourhood Development Plan was made part of West Lindsey District Council's local development framework on 5 September 2016.

The Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Development Plan was made part of Chichester District Council's local development framework on 20 September 2016.

REFERENDUM NEWS

The referendum result on the Wingrave and Rowsham Neighbourhood Development Plan was published on 22 September 2016. The referendum saw a 78.5 per cent vote in favour of the plan with a turnout of 40.2per cent.

PLANS SUBMITTED

The Cradley Neighbourhood Development Plan has been submitted to Herefordshire Council. A consultation runs until 9 November 2016.

The Ashton Keynes Neighbourhood Development Plan has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. A consultation runs until 14 November 2016.

The Dunholme Neighbourhood Development Plan has been submitted to West Lindsey District Council. A consultation runs until 27 October 2016.

The Stanwick Neighbourhood Development Plan has been submitted to East Northamptonshire Council. A consultation runs until 7 November 2016.


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