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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

Why a Hull neighbourhood plan was rejected at referendum

Why a Hull neighbourhood plan was rejected at referendum

Ineffective community engagement by plan-makers could explain why residents of an inner-city estate refused to endorse a neighbourhood plan, say observers.

Neighbourhood planners can use windfall sites to meet housing requirement, says new guidance

Neighbourhood planners can use windfall sites to meet housing requirement, says new guidance

Neighbourhood planners can meet the housing requirement in their areas through a mix of site allocations and windfall allowance, newly-published guidance on neighbourhood planning makes clear.

Neighbourhood Watch: Hull estate plan failed at referendum

Neighbourhood Watch: Hull estate plan failed at referendum

A draft neighbourhood plan for an inner city area of Hull has become only the second to fail at the referendum stage.

Council fails in High Court battle to block village homes in neighbourhood plan area

Council fails in High Court battle to block village homes in neighbourhood plan area

Plans to build 34 new homes on the edge of a village in West Sussex have been backed in the High Court, after a judge ruled that the scheme did not clash with the local 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 we did it: Driving neighbourhood plan coverage

How we did it: Driving neighbourhood plan coverage

A Midlands county council team is providing effective support for neighbourhood plans, David Dewar finds.

How communities are using neighbourhood plans to block second homes

How communities are using neighbourhood plans to block second homes

Other communities are following the example of St Ives in the struggle to prevent the spread of second homes, but what challenges do they face? Colin Marrs reports.

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.

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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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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