Neighbourhood Watch: Which neighbourhood plans allocate the most housing?

Since their introduction in the 2011 Localism Act, some in the development sector have accused neighbourhood plans of restricting development, or even being a NIMBY's tool.

Ford Airfield: allocated for a minimum of 1,500 homes
Ford Airfield: allocated for a minimum of 1,500 homes

However, a number of approved community-made blueprints outline ambitious housing allocations, most recently a neighbourhood plan in West Sussex allocating 1,500 homes on one site that passed referendum last month. Here, Planning highlights five neighbourhood plans that designate sites for large amounts of housing.

1) Ford Neighbourhood Plan, West Sussex 

The plan covers the village of Ford, which has a population of 1,690 people, near Arundel in Arun District and was prepared by Ford Parish Council. It was approved by residents in November, with 131 voting in favour of the document and 42 against. The document supports the development a minimum of 1,545 new homes and "supporting infrastructure and village centre community facilities" up to 2,031. The plan allocates the former Ford Airfield for a minimum of 1,500 new homes. Developers Wates Developments and Redrow Homes are developing a masterplan for the former airfield site.  

2) Winsford Neighbourhood Plan, Cheshire  

One of the biggest neighbourhood plans in terms of housing numbers, the plan allocates 3,362 homes and 35 hectares of employment land on 24 sites across the town of Winsford up to 2,030. The document was approved by 69 per cent of voters in a referendum in October 2014. This was despite opposition to some of the housing sites on greenfield land, which prompted a "no" campaign against the plan during the referendum. 

3) Newport Pagnell Neighbourhood Plan, Milton Keynes 

Newport Pagnell Town Council's neighbourhood plan allocates 1,400 new homes in the town by 2031 –more than three times as many as that designated in the Milton Keynes core strategy. The main housing allocation is for 1,280 homes at Tickford Fields on the eastern edge of the town. Despite the high level of housing proposed, the plan was endorsed by 83 per cent of local voters in a referendum in May 2016.  

4) Cringleford Neighbourhood Plan, Norfolk  

The plan, produced by Cringleford Parish Council, allocates 1,200 homes and a new primary school on land to the west of the village in the period 2014-2026. The plan was one of the first to be made back in February 2014 and the eighth to be passed in a referendum the month before. 

5) Farnham Neighbourhood Plan, Surrey 

 Farnham Town Council’s neighbourhood plan allocates land for 784 new home across 10 sites in the town up to 2031. It was approved following a local referendum in May 2017 and includes an overall target of about 2,200 new homes. A legal challenge against the plan by three property companies was dismissed in the High Court in July 2017

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATES 

REFERENDUM NEWS 

Buckinghamshire: The Ivinghoe Neighbourhood Plan in Aylesbury Vale district was approved by 74 per cent of voters on 6 December, on a 25 per cent turnout. 

Oxfordshire: The Chalgrove Neigbourhood Plan in South Oxfordshire was approved by 94 per cent of voters on 22 November, on a 39 per cent turnout. 

Oxfordshire: The Little Milton Neigbourhood Plan in South Oxfordshire was approved by 98 of voters on 22 November, on a 35 per cent turnout. 

Hertfordshire: The Croxley Green Neighbourhood Plan in Three Rivers district was approved by 94 per cent of voters on 6 December on a 27 per cent turnout. 

Warwickshire: The Stratford-upon-Avon Neighbourhood Plan was approved by 91 per cent of voters in a referendum on Thursday 29 November, on a turnout of 26 per cent. 

ADOPTION NEWS: 

Staffordshire: Cannock Chase Council resolved to adopt the Hednesford Neighbourhood Plan on 28 November. The plan was approved in a referendum held on 11 October. 


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