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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

Coronavirus: Local plan consultation and neighbourhood plan referendums postponed

Coronavirus: Local plan consultation and neighbourhood plan referendums postponed

Rutland County Council has postponed the launch of the final round of public consultation on its draft local plan due to the coronavirus outbreak, while a series of planned neighbourhood plan referendums elsewhere in the country have been postponed, it has been announced.

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Plans for up to 200 homes on the outskirts of a village near Milton Keynes have been rejected at appeal by an inspector who cited the scheme's conflict with a neighbourhood plan.

London Assembly report finds 'minimal progress' on neighbourhood planning in the capital

London Assembly report finds 'minimal progress' on neighbourhood planning in the capital

There has been "minimal progress" in the creation of neighbourhood plans across London, with more than two-thirds of boroughs still having no such plans in place, a report by the London Assembly's planning committee has found.

Cornish town becomes latest to ban second homes via neighbourhood plan

Cornish town becomes latest to ban second homes via neighbourhood plan

Residents of a town in Cornwall have voted to adopt a neighbourhood plan that is the latest to impose a ban on the development of second homes.

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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

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

A parish council in Hertfordshire has expressed confidence in proposals in its emerging neighbourhood plan to remove six sites from the green belt for development, after a planning inspector questioned whether it has the right to do so.

Neighbourhood Watch: South Bank plan adopted and Cheshire homes refused

Neighbourhood Watch: South Bank plan adopted and Cheshire homes refused

News that a cross-boundary business neighbourhood plan has been adopted in one of central London's busiest tourist destinations, and that 184 homes proposed in Cheshire have been blocked on the basis of conflict with a local and neighbourhood plan, feature in our latest neighbourhood planning round-up.

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Three neighbourhood plans have failed to secure the backing of local residents in the last two months, bringing the total number of plans rejected at referenda to six.

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 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.