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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: Limited progress for Merseyside plans

Neighbourhood Watch: Limited progress for Merseyside plans

Two neighbourhood plans successfully passed referendums in Sefton, Merseyside, last month, meaning that the number of made neighbourhood plans in the Liverpool City Region is set to double.

Planning Awards 2019 call for entries: neighbourhood planning

Planning Awards 2019 call for entries: neighbourhood planning

Have you or your team made an outstanding contribution to neighbourhood planning this year? If so, why not enter the Planning Awards?

Multiple occupations crackdown proposed in Bracknell neighbourhood plan

Multiple occupations crackdown proposed in Bracknell neighbourhood plan

A local authority in Berkshire has approved for consultation a neighbourhood plan which includes restrictions on houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and measures to ensure sprinklers are fitted in high rise developments.

Brokenshire refuses 40 Gloucestershire greenfield homes despite land supply deficit

Brokenshire refuses 40 Gloucestershire greenfield homes despite land supply deficit

The housing secretary has sided with a planning inspector to refuse plans for 40 homes on greenfield land on the outskirts of Gloucester, despite the council being unable to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

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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: Which neighbourhood plans allocate the most housing?

Neighbourhood Watch: Which neighbourhood plans allocate the most housing?

Since their introduction in the 2011 Localism Act, some in the development sector have accused neighbourhood plans of restricting development, or even being a NIMBY's tool.

Neighbourhood Watch: Poll backs plan setting principles for green belt development

Neighbourhood Watch: Poll backs plan setting principles for green belt development

A plan which sets out development principles for sites being released from the green belt won resounding popular support at a referendum last month.

Neighbourhood Watch: 11th London neighbourhood plan cleared

Neighbourhood Watch: 11th London neighbourhood plan cleared

Two more neighbourhood plans moved towards adoption in London last month, with voters in Westminster and Richmond providing the latest referendum wins.

How we did it: Approving homes via a neighbourhood order

How we did it: Approving homes via a neighbourhood order

A village community group used a pioneering process to grant permission on a key site, says Colin Marrs.


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.

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