Neighbourhood Planning

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Mapped: neighbourhood plans (updated 14/04/2023)

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

Stow on the Wold (Pic: Getty)

Neighbourhood Watch: Town submits plan that allocates housing and bans second homes after 12 years of preparation

A town council in Gloucestershire has finally submitted its draft neighbourhood plan, which allocates land for 170 homes and bans the use of new second homes, for examination, more than a decade after it began work on the strategy.

Cleobury Mortimer (Pic: P L Chadwick CC BY-SA 2.0)

Neighbourhood Watch: Strategy that allocates sites for 120 homes found sound despite ‘almost certainly’ exceeding area’s requirement

A neighbourhood plan that allocates sites for 120 homes has been found sound by an independent examiner, despite his conclusion that they will “almost certainly” exceed the local plan’s housing requirement for the area.

North Wessex Downs AONB

Minister cites neighbourhood plan conflict in refusing 350-home countryside scheme

A 350-home scheme next to an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) has been refused permission after the housing minister found that, despite the local authority's housing land supply shortfall, there was a “fundamental conflict” between the proposal and a neighbourhood plan policy restricting countryside development.

Burnham Market, Norfolk (credit: Getty Images)

Norfolk village votes to restrict second home ownership in neighbourhood plan referendum

Residents of Burnham Market in Norfolk have voted to support its parish council’s neighbourhood plan to curb the number of second homes and furnished holiday lets.

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.

Neighbourhood Planning Policy & Legislation Resources

Search the DCP manual of planning best practice

Neighbourhood Planning In Depth

Referendum: Winslow neighbourhood plan secured a 98.2 per cent 'yes' vote

Why neighbourhood planners would be more likely to allocate housing sites under draft national policy changes

Proposed National Planning Policy Framework changes would bolster neighbourhood planners’ power to block speculative development, say commentators, but in a way that should galvanise them to allocate housing sites

Street votes. Image: Getty

The implications of new legislation detailing how the government’s ‘street votes’ policy will work

A government amendment to the levelling up bill fleshes out its planned policy to let residents propose and then vote on new development in their street. Practitioners are sceptical about the effectiveness of so-called ‘street votes’ and fear they could mean more work for over-stretched council planning departments.


How the Levelling Up bill would change the system: 6. Changes to neighbourhood planning

This section in our series of briefings on the Bill addresses measures to encourage parish councils and community groups to produce neighbourhood plans that propose more housing than local development plans

Southwold, Suffolk. Image: Steve Daniels/Wikimedia Commons

Why we can expect more areas to introduce planning policies restricting new homes to local residents

Planning experts say policies reserving new homes for local residents are likely to become more common in areas with high second home ownership and holiday lets, but may not be a panacea to solve local housing problems

Neighbourhood Planning Comment

Catriona Riddell

Here's how professionals on the ground would reform plan-making, by Catriona Riddell

The logic of the current planning regime has been lost and a new focus on people and places, with a flexible system of community involvement, would restore pride in this profession, says our columnist.

Catriona Riddell

Greg Clark should aim to repair some of damage done in his previous tenure as housing secretary, by Catriona Riddell

Loss of regional overview in planning has led to high housing targets for communities and left many local plans at a complete standstill.

Letter: The Handforth debacle shows that local democracy is too often placed in the wrong hands

Jackie Weaver became a media sensation after the recording of the December planning and environment meeting of Handforth Parish Council went viral last week. Whether she had the authority or not, most planners would recognise her predicament only too well.