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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

St. Mary the Virgin church, Kelvedon. Image Adrian S Pye

Neighbourhood Watch: Developer's court challenge fails to block Essex plan’s adoption

An Essex local authority has adopted a neighbourhood plan after successfully defending a developer’s High Court bid to block the move.

Southwold, Suffolk. Image: Steve Daniels/Wikimedia Commons

Why we can expect more areas to introduce planning policies restricting new homes to local residents

Planning experts say policies reserving new homes for local residents are likely to become more common in areas with high second home ownership and holiday lets, but may not be a panacea to solve local housing problems

Penny Mordaunt (Picture: Getty)

I want to extend permitted development and tackle ‘land banking’, says PM hopeful

Conservative prime minister hopeful Penny Mordaunt has pledged to create a “brownfield building boom”, to extend permitted development rights, to tackle “land banking” by scrapping “bureaucracy” and to strengthen neighbourhood plans.

 The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill proposed changes to neighbourhood planning. Pic: Julian Dodd

The implications of the levelling up bill’s proposed changes to neighbourhood planning

Measures in the levelling up bill should encourage more parish councils and community groups to produce neighbourhood plans and allow such strategies to propose higher housing levels than in their local development plan, practitioners say.

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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

The Houses of Parliament (Credit: Ian.CuiYi c/o Getty Images)

What to expect from the levelling up bill and other policy changes this spring

The latest intelligence on the planning changes that the government has in the pipeline

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Neighbourhood Watch: Pincher pledges more neighbourhood plans for the North

The government will take steps to increase uptake of neighbourhood plans in the North and the Midlands, housing minister Christopher Pincher has said.

Woodhouse Eaves. Photograph: Mat Fascione/Geograph/CC BY-SA 2.0

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector approves homes despite conflict with advanced parish plan

A planning inspector has granted permission for homes on the outskirts of a Leicestershire village, despite the proposed scheme’s conflict with an emerging neighbourhood plan.

A suburban street before and after a 'street plan' redevelopment. Image: Michael DeMaagd Rodriguez

The implications of the government's tentative support for allowing residents to vote on densification plans for their streets

The government has indicated that it is seriously considering a think tank idea of allowing residents to prepare and vote on densification plans for their streets. While supporters of the concept say it will enable greater housing delivery with community support, there are concerns that it could create a fresh tool for objectors to block new development.


Neighbourhood Planning Comment

Catriona Riddell

Greg Clark should aim to repair some of damage done in his previous tenure as housing secretary, by Catriona Riddell

Loss of regional overview in planning has led to high housing targets for communities and left many local plans at a complete standstill.

Letter: The Handforth debacle shows that local democracy is too often placed in the wrong hands

Jackie Weaver became a media sensation after the recording of the December planning and environment meeting of Handforth Parish Council went viral last week. Whether she had the authority or not, most planners would recognise her predicament only too well.

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.