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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

Knightsbridge neighbourhood plan that seeks to improve air quality passes examination

Knightsbridge neighbourhood plan that seeks to improve air quality passes examination

A central London neighbourhood plan that requires all new major applications to prove that their proposals will cause less air pollution than the developments they replace has passed examination.

How a neighbourhood plan allocated sites for 260 greenfield homes

How a neighbourhood plan allocated sites for 260 greenfield homes

Fears of speculative development and a potentially higher housing target meant a village in South Oxfordshire went for a pro-growth approach in its neighbourhood plan.

Neighbourhood Watch: How Camden is top London borough for made neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood Watch: How Camden is top London borough for made neighbourhood plans

The approval in a referendum of a neighbourhood plan for Hampstead cements Camden's position as the London borough with the most advanced neighbourhood plans.

How EU court's ruling on habitats could affect neighbourhood plans

How EU court's ruling on habitats could affect neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood planning groups may face further delay and expense in drawing up supporting material to show that policies will not harm key wildlife sites, experts suggest.

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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

Are neighbourhood plans boosting housing numbers?

Are neighbourhood plans boosting housing numbers?

Few in the sector have disputed the findings of a planning consultancy report claiming that neighbourhood plans have had a limited impact on boosting housing supply.

The implications of High Court support for the strengthening of neighbourhood plans

The implications of High Court support for the strengthening of neighbourhood plans

Former planning minister Gavin Barwell acted lawfully in making a written ministerial statement (WMS) strengthening neighbourhood plans in council areas lacking a five-year housing supply, a court has ruled earlier this month.

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Reports that an Oxfordshire district has suffered a setback in its legal bid to overturn an inspector's approval of a 95-home scheme on a site not allocated in an adopted neighbourhood plan feature in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

Commentators say that proposals for a standard formula to calculate housing need figures for neighbourhood plan areas where a district's local plan is out-of-date may reduce disagreements, but warn of unintended consequences.


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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.

Legal viewpoint: Tide turns in homes battle with neighbourhood plans

Legal viewpoint: Tide turns in homes battle with neighbourhood plans

In May 2015, in the week before the general election, three ministerial decisions were quashed by the High Court.

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