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Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Use our new interactive map to view how many applications for neighbourhood planning powers have been received by English councils and the names of the groups that have submitted them.

Neighbourhood Planning News

New neighbourhood planning guidance advises on engagement during the pandemic

New neighbourhood planning guidance advises on engagement during the pandemic

Neighbourhood planning bodies may need to use "more targeted" consultation methods such as telephone or writing as well as online tools to fully engage with all sections of the community during the Covid-19 pandemic, new guidance advises.

Jenrick dismisses 65-home Surrey appeal over neighbourhood plan conflict

Jenrick dismisses 65-home Surrey appeal over neighbourhood plan conflict

The housing secretary has gone against a planning inspector's recommendation and refused plans for a 65-home scheme in Surrey after concluding that its conflict with a neighbourhood plan did not outweigh its benefits, despite the council being unable to demonstrate a five year housing land supply.

Neighbourhood Watch: Jenrick gives emerging neighbourhood plan 'significant weight' to allow 500-home green belt appeal

Neighbourhood Watch: Jenrick gives emerging neighbourhood plan 'significant weight' to allow 500-home green belt appeal

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has allowed an appeal for a 500-home scheme in the Oxfordshire green belt after giving "significant weight" to support for the proposal in an emerging neighbourhood plan.

MHCLG looking at relaxing local plan public engagement rules and virtual examinations

MHCLG looking at relaxing local plan public engagement rules and virtual examinations

The government has said it is "engaging with the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on the use of virtual hearings and written submissions" for local plan examinations and is considering "temporarily relaxing" requirements on community engagement and hard copy documents in relation to plan production.

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Neigbourhood Planning Key Policy & Legislation Documents

Neighbourhood Planning: Written statement

Brandon Lewis has issued a written statement extending by 6 months the period for consideration of the recovery of planning appeals for residential development over 10 units in areas where a qualifying body has submitted a neighbourhood plan proposal to the local planning authority or where a neighbourhood plan has been made.

Neighbourhood Planning Policy & Legislation Resources

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Neighbourhood Planning In Depth

Neighbourhood Watch: Pandemic leads to referendum cancellations

Neighbourhood Watch: Pandemic leads to referendum cancellations

News that the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of a series of neighbourhood plan referendums features in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Plans for up to 200 homes on the outskirts of a village near Milton Keynes have been rejected at appeal by an inspector who cited the scheme's conflict with a neighbourhood plan.

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

A parish council in Hertfordshire has expressed confidence in proposals in its emerging neighbourhood plan to remove six sites from the green belt for development, after a planning inspector questioned whether it has the right to do so.

Neighbourhood Watch: South Bank plan adopted and Cheshire homes refused

Neighbourhood Watch: South Bank plan adopted and Cheshire homes refused

News that a cross-boundary business neighbourhood plan has been adopted in one of central London's busiest tourist destinations, and that 184 homes proposed in Cheshire have been blocked on the basis of conflict with a local and neighbourhood plan, feature in our latest neighbourhood planning round-up.


Neighbourhood Planning Comment

There is little proof that neighbourhood plans help housing delivery, by Richard Garlick

There is little proof that neighbourhood plans help housing delivery, by Richard Garlick

Neighbourhood plans are here to stay. The latest government figures show that more than 2,400 groups have started on producing one. They are without equal as mechanisms for engaging local people in the planning system.

Legal Viewpoint: Relief for neighbourhood plans may be temporary

Legal Viewpoint: Relief for neighbourhood plans may be temporary

Last month, the judgment on the High Court challenge to the government's written ministerial statement on neighbourhood planning was handed down.

Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

If the man travelling to St Ives in the nursery rhyme is planning to buy a new second home there with any or all of his seven wives, he has another thing coming.