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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: Torbay adopts total plan coverage

Neighbourhood Watch: Torbay adopts total plan coverage

Three neighbourhood plans covering the entire borough of Torbay have been adopted following "yes" votes at local referendums on 2 May.

The implications of allowing neighbourhoods to set their own housing need numbers

The implications of allowing neighbourhoods to set their own housing need numbers

Updated neighbourhood planning guidance that allows plan-making bodies to produce their own housing requirement figure may place burdens on community groups, practitioners fear.

Labour considering simplifying local and neighbourhood plans, says shadow minister

Labour considering simplifying local and neighbourhood plans, says shadow minister

The Labour Party is considering simplifying the local and neighbourhood plan process and wants to give communities a 'much stronger voice' in the system, the shadow planning minister has revealed.

Government pledges £8.5 million to help neighbourhood groups allocate sites for homes

Government pledges £8.5 million to help neighbourhood groups allocate sites for homes

Neighbourhood planning groups have been invited to bid for a share of an £8.5 million fund to identify sites and grant permission for locally-discounted 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: London's second cross-boundary neighbourhood plan goes to referendum

Neighbourhood Watch: London's second cross-boundary neighbourhood plan goes to referendum

The Harlesden Neighbourhood Plan is to be subject to a referendum after an examiner praised efforts by the neighbourhood forum to ensure the document "truly reflects the ambitions of the local community".

Why a Cheshire town rejected a neighbourhood plan

Why a Cheshire town rejected a neighbourhood plan

The Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan failed at the referendum stage after a political row over its preparation, say those who campaigned for and against the strategy. Experts say the plan's rejection shows the importance of wide community engagement.

How we did it: Neighbourhood planning in the inner city

How we did it: Neighbourhood planning in the inner city

A neighbourhood plan in a Leeds suburb is aiming to encourage development and revive the local centre, Mark Wilding reports.

Neighbourhood Watch: Cornwall moves up parish plan table

Neighbourhood Watch: Cornwall moves up parish plan table

Cornwall Council has equalled Wiltshire to take joint second place in the league table of local planning authorities with the highest number of adopted, or "made", neighbourhood plans (see chart below).


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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