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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

Government renews councils' neighbourhood planning grants for 2021/22

Government renews councils' neighbourhood planning grants for 2021/22

Government grant funding for councils carrying out neighbourhood planning work will continue in the 2021/22 financial year, the chief planner has confirmed.

Neighbourhood plan that removes land from Surrey green belt to allow for new housing adopted

Neighbourhood plan that removes land from Surrey green belt to allow for new housing adopted

A Surrey council has voted to adopt a neighbourhood plan after residents backed its proposal to remove part of a historic village from the green belt to allow for new housing.

Neighbourhood Watch: Three key recommendations on neighbourhood planning in backbench MPs’ report

Neighbourhood Watch: Three key recommendations on neighbourhood planning in backbench MPs’ report

Calls for neighbourhood plans to play a significant role in the production of local plans and for them to be more representative are among the recommendations in a wide-ranging report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Select Committee.

Housing minister promises 'holistic review of council planning resources' during Commons debate

Housing minister promises 'holistic review of council planning resources' during Commons debate

The housing minister promised “a holistic review of council planning resources" during a House of Commons debate in which a Labour Party motion calling for the scrapping of a government proposal to limit public say over individual planning applications was passed.

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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.

Neighbourhood Planning Policy & Legislation Resources

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Neighbourhood Planning In Depth

Neighbourhood Watch: Government to pilot ‘simpler approach’ to neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood Watch: Government to pilot ‘simpler approach’ to neighbourhood plans

Communities will be encouraged to develop light-touch documents setting out development priorities for their areas, under plans to make neighbourhood planning "simpler and quicker".

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood planning groups and other community organisations should ensure they use a mix of online and offline methods when conducting consultation exercises, according to guidance from Locality.

The factors that make or break retirement homes appeals

The factors that make or break retirement homes appeals

How inspectors ruled on the most frequently contested issues in appeals decided since the publication of new government guidance

Neighbourhood Watch: Jenrick gives emerging neighbourhood plan 'significant weight' to allow 500-home green belt appeal

Neighbourhood Watch: Jenrick gives emerging neighbourhood plan 'significant weight' to allow 500-home green belt appeal

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has allowed an appeal for a 500-home scheme in the Oxfordshire green belt after giving "significant weight" to support for the proposal in an emerging neighbourhood plan.


Neighbourhood Planning Comment

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

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.

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.