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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: Six key findings from the MHCLG-commissioned report on the impacts of neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood Watch: Six key findings from the MHCLG-commissioned report on the impacts of neighbourhood plans

A claim that neighbourhood plans can boost housing supply beyond local plan requirements is among the key findings of a report commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Neighbourhood plans 'can make a significant contribution to housing supply', government-commissioned report concludes

Neighbourhood plans 'can make a significant contribution to housing supply', government-commissioned report concludes

Neighbourhood plans can make a "significant" contribution to boosting housing supply, a report commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has concluded, but it questions whether they help speed up development.

Neighbourhood Watch: South West is the region with highest level of neighbourhood planning interest

Neighbourhood Watch: South West is the region with highest level of neighbourhood planning interest

The South West has pipped the South East as the region that has shown the greatest interest in neighbourhood planning, Planning research shows.

Go-ahead for 525-home estate regeneration scheme in Milton Keynes

Go-ahead for 525-home estate regeneration scheme in Milton Keynes

Plans for the 525-home mixed-use redevelopment of a 1960s housing estate, which propose more than 50 per cent affordable housing, have been approved by Milton Keynes Council's planning committee after officers advised that it would result in “significant improvement” for residents.

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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

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 Watch: Pandemic leads to referendum cancellations

Neighbourhood Watch: Pandemic leads to referendum cancellations

News that the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of a series of neighbourhood plan referendums features in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Plans for up to 200 homes on the outskirts of a village near Milton Keynes have been rejected at appeal by an inspector who cited the scheme's conflict with a neighbourhood plan.


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.