Implementation of neighbourhood planning provisions: Government response to consultation

This document gives a summary of responses and the government response to the neighbourhood provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

With regard to the procedure for modifying neighbourhood plans and Orders the consultation found that subject to Royal Assent of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, the Government intend to implement the proposal as set out in the consultation. Aligning the regulations in this way will ensure consistency between the process for making a new neighbourhood plan and the process for modifying an existing plan, which will benefit existing and future users of the neighbourhood planning system.
Local planning authorities are already familiar with the concept of minor non material amendments to plans as part of the Local Plans process and are well versed in making these judgments. Authorities are also familiar with the neighbourhood planning process, with over 70% having at least one designated neighbourhood area. Whether a modification is considered under the new procedure will be dependent on the context of the overall plan. A modification that is significant or substantial in one context may be
not be in another. The Government therefore do not consider that guidance from the Government is necessary; however we will keep this under review in light of practice.

Date: 15/12/2016 Date of publication

Author: DCLG

This item updates DCP section 4.201

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