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Track neighbourhood planning activity across England. Use our 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.

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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: Council rejects community group's bid to start drawing up Wimbledon plan following business concerns

Neighbourhood Watch: Council rejects community group's bid to start drawing up Wimbledon plan following business concerns

A community group has said it will renew its efforts to obtain neighbourhood forum designation, after its first bid to start preparing a plan for an area that would include 60,000 residents was knocked back by a London council due to concerns from local businesses.

Planning bill 'to include neighbourhood street vote proposal’

Planning bill 'to include neighbourhood street vote proposal’

A proposal to allow residents to vote on the design of new homes in their streets is likely to come forward as part of the forthcoming planning bill, according to a newspaper report, in an effort to assuage Tory backbench opposition to the government's white paper planning changes.

Neighbourhood Watch: Trio of Cornish plans pass residents’ muster

Neighbourhood Watch: Trio of Cornish plans pass residents’ muster

Neighbourhood plans for the university town of Falmouth and surrounding areas include policies aiming to restrict houses in multiple occupation. Plus a round-up of recent neighbourhood plan progress across the country

Neighbourhood watch: How a seaside town is aiming to strengthen neighbourhood plan measures to restrict second homes

Neighbourhood watch: How a seaside town is aiming to strengthen neighbourhood plan measures to restrict second homes

A Devon seaside town has amended its neighbourhood plan to ban the development of new second homes via section 106 legal agreements, against the advice of a planning officer. But one expert says enforcement of such a policy could prove challenging.

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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

How we are shaping 10,000 new homes through a neighbourhood plan

How we are shaping 10,000 new homes through a neighbourhood plan

The preparation of a neighbourhood plan for Gilston in East Herts ensured that previously resistant locals had a say in the development process for new settlements.

Neighbourhood Watch: Government to pilot ‘simpler approach’ to neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood Watch: Government to pilot ‘simpler approach’ to neighbourhood plans

Communities will be encouraged to develop light-touch documents setting out development priorities for their areas, under plans to make neighbourhood planning "simpler and quicker".

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood planning groups and other community organisations should ensure they use a mix of online and offline methods when conducting consultation exercises, according to guidance from Locality.

The factors that make or break retirement homes appeals

The factors that make or break retirement homes appeals

How inspectors ruled on the most frequently contested issues in appeals decided since the publication of new government guidance


Neighbourhood Planning Comment

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

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

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.