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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

Berks council cites diversity concerns in rebuffing community group's bid to take on neighbourhood plan powers

Berks council cites diversity concerns in rebuffing community group's bid to take on neighbourhood plan powers

A Berkshire council has rejected a community group's application to be designated as a neighbourhood planning forum over representation concerns, including worries about a "lack of diversity" in terms of age and gender.

High Court rejects developer's effort to block council's neighbourhood plan adoption

High Court rejects developer's effort to block council's neighbourhood plan adoption

A developer's legal bid to overturn a Hampshire council's decision to allow a neighbourhood plan to proceed to referendum on the basis that one of its policies conflicts with an emerging local plan policy has been dismissed by the High Court.

Neighbourhood Watch: 210-home approval 'destroys confidence' in neighbourhood planning, parish warns

Neighbourhood Watch: 210-home approval 'destroys confidence' in neighbourhood planning, parish warns

A parish council in Suffolk has condemned a district's decision to approve plans for 210 homes on a site that is not allocated for development in its recently-made neighbourhood plan.

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

A parish council in Hertfordshire has expressed confidence in proposals in its emerging neighbourhood plan to remove six sites from the green belt for development, after a planning inspector questioned whether it has the right to do so.

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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: South Bank plan adopted and Cheshire homes refused

Neighbourhood Watch: South Bank plan adopted and Cheshire homes refused

News that a cross-boundary business neighbourhood plan has been adopted in one of central London's busiest tourist destinations, and that 184 homes proposed in Cheshire have been blocked on the basis of conflict with a local and neighbourhood plan, feature in our latest neighbourhood planning round-up.

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Three neighbourhood plans have failed to secure the backing of local residents in the last two months, bringing the total number of plans rejected at referenda to six.

How neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

How neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

Last month saw Torbay Council simultaneously make three neighbourhood plans, covering its entire area. But the process has led to complaints from the local groups that produced the documents. Colin Marrs reports.

Neighbourhood Watch: Mayfair plan goes forward to public vote

Neighbourhood Watch: Mayfair plan goes forward to public vote

The successful examination of the draft Mayfair neighbourhood plan means that it will become the second such strategy in Westminster - the London borough that has the most designated neighbourhood plan areas - to proceed to a referendum.


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.