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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

Neighbourhood Watch: Why three neighbourhood plans have been rejected in referendums

Neighbourhood Watch: Why three neighbourhood plans have been rejected in referendums

A Cheshire town has become the third area in the country to reject a proposed neighbourhood plan at a referendum, on a margin of just 22 votes.

2019 Planning Awards shortlist revealed

2019 Planning Awards shortlist revealed

The shortlist has been announced for this year's Planning Awards. As well as recognising outstanding professional planning work, the awards reward excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice and environmental consulting.

Cheshire town's neighbourhood plan rejected at referendum by just 22 votes

Cheshire town's neighbourhood plan rejected at referendum by just 22 votes

A neighbourhood plan covering the town of Middlewich in Cheshire has been refused at referendum on a margin of just 22 votes, becoming only the third such plan in the country to be defeated at the polls.

Neighbourhood Watch: Cornwall moves up parish plan table

Neighbourhood Watch: Cornwall moves up parish plan table

Cornwall Council has equalled Wiltshire to take joint second place in the league table of local planning authorities with the highest number of adopted, or "made", neighbourhood plans (see chart below).

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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.

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Neighbourhood Planning In Depth

How we did it: Neighbourhood planning in the inner city

How we did it: Neighbourhood planning in the inner city

A neighbourhood plan in a Leeds suburb is aiming to encourage development and revive the local centre, Mark Wilding reports.

How revised rules could allow neighbourhood plans to progress

How revised rules could allow neighbourhood plans to progress

New regulations mean that the neighbourhood plan process now complies with fresh case law on habitat regulation assessments, but practioners fear this could mean more cost and complexity for plan-makers.

Neighbourhood Watch: Limited progress for Merseyside plans

Neighbourhood Watch: Limited progress for Merseyside plans

Two neighbourhood plans successfully passed referendums in Sefton, Merseyside, last month, meaning that the number of made neighbourhood plans in the Liverpool City Region is set to double.

Neighbourhood Watch: Which neighbourhood plans allocate the most housing?

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.


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.

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