Lichfields Research – Neighbourhood Plans not Focussing on Housing


Shows 60% of Neighbourhood Plans make no allocations for housing.  Raise housing numbers by 3% compared to local plans.

Our analysis of 330 ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans shows that local
communities are using them to focus on broader local issues – such
as green spaces and infrastructure provision – rather than housing;
very few plans contain a housing target and/or site allocations.
Of those that do make provisions for housing, allocations are
rarely ‘new’, often benefiting from an existing allocation or extant
permission. We conclude this in part is due to the slow Local Plan
process, with a majority of plans coming forward ahead of their
respective Local Plans, and thus within a ‘strategic policy vacuum’.

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