Neighbourhood Plans Body wants Plans to be reviewed half as often and provide 40% less Housing Land

Why not just allocate housing land in Neighbourhood Plans?  Why a photo of an american subdivision?


The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has agreed on a range of measures to help strengthen the neighbourhood planning process.

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. Around 90% of neighbourhood plans developed so far have been led by local (parish and town) councils.

However, a number of issues with the neighbourhood planning system have been identified, including a lack of sufficient weight for neighbourhood plans, the need to review neighbourhood plans every five years and the requirement for local planning authorities to have a five-year land supply.

NALC has put forward a number of proposals to address these points, including: ‘breathing space’ for communities preparing neighbourhood plans; local plans to be reviewed every ten years; the national standard requirement for housing land supply to be reduced to three years and for greater consideration to be given to neighbourhood plans when a planning application which conflicts with the neighbourhood plan is received. NALC is also seeking clarification on when emerging neighbourhood plans can be given weight.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “It’s about time the neighbourhood planning process was reformed. The current system is not working as effectively as it should be, with developers in many areas still free to build developments that are not in accordance with local wishes. The government should adopt the measures agreed by NALC to ensure a planning system which is truly led by local communities.  MHCLG also need to clarify the relationship between neighbourhood plans and new types of spatial plans.”

Brokenshire Announces Funding for Garden Garden Villages – But only 3 locations made public

Speech to IH

And as we increase supply, on many occasions we’re building communities from scratch.

Where to do that, we must get it right. That’s why I am particularly delighted to be announcing today that the government will be supporting 19 new garden villages.

These new communities stretch from County Durham in the North, to Truro in the south west. Together they have the potential to deliver 73,000 new homes.

We welcome the new homes these projects will bring, but this is about so much more than “housing units”.

It’s about supporting local areas that have the vision and drive to create great new places – with all the facilities, green space and transport to make a community that will thrive.

And I’m really pleased that our plans include a specially designed community that would support the needs of people with dementia, as part of a new Garden Community at St George’s Barracks in Rutland.

Uttlesford Confirms it Won’t Scrap Local Plan

Dunmow Broadcast

Uttlesford District Council boss, Dawn French, has confirmed that the district’s local plan will not scrapped, after an intervention from planning inspectors who questioned whether the council’s controlling party supported the plan.

The plan, which identifies sites that can be developed for housing and will shape future development up until 2033, was submitted for examination in January, as part of a process which could see its adoption.

R4U came to power in May after the Conservatives, who bought the local plan forward, suffered a heavy defeat. They have raised significant concerns about the plan in the past including a “detailed objection to the sustainability appraisal”, the letter said.

Yesterday, Miss French, the chief executive at UDC said in a letter to inspectors Louise Crosby and Elaine Worthington: “The answer to your questions is that the council has made the decision to submit a local plan which it considers to be ready for examination, as set out in its decision of 9 October 2018, any change in that decision could only be a matter for full council, there are no plans to revisit that decision, and therefore there is no change to the council’s decision in that regard.”

Yesterday was the deadline set by the inspectors to respond to their query