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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.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Latest poll results continue to show strong support for plans

Neighbourhood Watch: Latest poll results continue to show strong support for plans

Latest referendum results continue to show a very high level of popularity for neighbourhood plans, according to analysis by Planning.

Javid refuses plans for 350 Surrey homes due to neighbourhood plan clash

Javid refuses plans for 350 Surrey homes due to neighbourhood plan clash

The communities secretary has - against inspectors' advice - refused plans for more than 350 homes on three sites around Farnham in Surrey, after concluding that the developments would be contrary to policies in an adopted neighbourhood plan.

Neighbourhood Watch: Cheshire council in plan adoption drive

Neighbourhood Watch: Cheshire council in plan adoption drive

Three recent referendum results have put Cheshire East Council almost level with its Cheshire neighbour on numbers of made neighbourhood development plans (NDPs).

New round of neighbourhood planning funding launched by government

New round of neighbourhood planning funding launched by government

A new £23 million fund offering free support to groups preparing neighbourhood plans opens to bids in two weeks' time, with additional support available for those plans which allocate sites for housing, the government has announced.

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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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The implications of High Court support for the strengthening of neighbourhood plans

The implications of High Court support for the strengthening of neighbourhood plans

Former planning minister Gavin Barwell acted lawfully in making a written ministerial statement (WMS) strengthening neighbourhood plans in council areas lacking a five-year housing supply, a court has ruled earlier this month.

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Reports that an Oxfordshire district has suffered a setback in its legal bid to overturn an inspector's approval of a 95-home scheme on a site not allocated in an adopted neighbourhood plan feature in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

Commentators say that proposals for a standard formula to calculate housing need figures for neighbourhood plan areas where a district's local plan is out-of-date may reduce disagreements, but warn of unintended consequences.

Neighbourhood Watch: Documents reveal pilot plan to use CIL to fund parish plan production

Neighbourhood Watch: Documents reveal pilot plan to use CIL to fund parish plan production

Cash from a new £22.8 million package intended to support the development of neighbourhood plans could be used to fund pilots to explore the potential of using Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts to fund the production of parish plans, the latest instalment of Neighbourhood Watch reveals.


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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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