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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

Appeal Court blocks landowner's fresh effort to get Lancashire site allocated for housing

Appeal Court blocks landowner's fresh effort to get Lancashire site allocated for housing

The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision that blocked a landowner's hope of having a site in a Lancashire town allocated for housing, ruling that the firm's legal challenge to an adopted neighbourhood plan was made outside of the six-week deadline.

Neighbourhood Watch: Mayfair plan goes forward to public vote

Neighbourhood Watch: Mayfair plan goes forward to public vote

The successful examination of the draft Mayfair neighbourhood plan means that it will become the second such strategy in Westminster - the London borough that has the most designated neighbourhood plan areas - to proceed to a referendum.

Government renews councils' neighbourhood planning grants for 2019/20

Government renews councils' neighbourhood planning grants for 2019/20

Financial support available for councils supporting neighbourhood planning work will remain unchanged in the 2019/20 financial year, the government has confirmed.

Go-ahead for 525 Sussex homes despite neighbourhood plan clash

Go-ahead for 525 Sussex homes despite neighbourhood plan clash

Plans for 525 homes on a 33-hectare greenfield site in West Sussex have been approved, despite the application conflicting with policies in an adopted neighbourhood plan.

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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 neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

How neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

Last month saw Torbay Council simultaneously make three neighbourhood plans, covering its entire area. But the process has led to complaints from the local groups that produced the documents. Colin Marrs reports.

Neighbourhood Watch: Study reveals London's 'neighbourhood planning deserts'

Neighbourhood Watch: Study reveals London's 'neighbourhood planning deserts'

The number of neighbourhood plans adopted in London doubled over the course of the last financial year but nine boroughs remain 'neighbourhood planning deserts' with no designated neighbourhood forums, according to a recent study.

Neighbourhood Watch: Torbay adopts total plan coverage

Neighbourhood Watch: Torbay adopts total plan coverage

Three neighbourhood plans covering the entire borough of Torbay have been adopted following "yes" votes at local referendums on 2 May.

The implications of allowing neighbourhoods to set their own housing need numbers

The implications of allowing neighbourhoods to set their own housing need numbers

Updated neighbourhood planning guidance that allows plan-making bodies to produce their own housing requirement figure may place burdens on community groups, practitioners fear.


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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