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New Referendum Calendar

Here at All Things Neighbourhood Planning, I try to keep up with all Neighbourhood Plans as they progress through the referendum stage of the process.

The aim is to provide the most comprehensive, free-to-use directory of Neighbourhood Plans on the web.

The Interactive Map and Neighbourhood Plan Finder currently provide links to plans which have passed referendum or have been formally made.

I have added a calendar which lists each forthcoming Neighbourhood Plan referendum that I am aware of.

I am always keen to hear feedback from readers. You can contribute to this site by notifying me of any neighbourhood plan which is approaching referendum, but its referendum date is not shown on the calendar.

View the Referendum Calendar.


Neighbourhood Plan Review: Plans made in July 2019

Neighbourhood Plans provide a bespoke planning framework for the local area. No two plans are alike, although many have similar characteristics and address common themes. This post provides a short summary of those Neighbourhood Plans which successfully passed referendum in July 2019, highlighting the elements which make each plan locally specific and unique.

The purpose of this post is to celebrate the achievement of those communities in successfully preparing their Neighbourhood Plans, and to share the interesting ideas and policies for the benefit of others who are currently writing their plans. Links to the Neighbourhood Plans are provided throughout the post.
Navigate this post using the map July was a busy month, with a whopping 24 Neighbourhood Plans successfully passing referendum. To  make it easier to navigate this post, the location of the areas covered by each new Neighbourhood Plan are shown on the interactive map. Click on a marker to reveal a link to the plan's su…

Neighbourhood Plan Review: Plans made in June 2019

Neighbourhood Plans provide a bespoke planning framework for the local area. There is no set formula for a Neighbourhood Plan so no two plans are alike - although many have similar characteristics and address common themes. This post provides a quick review of Neighbourhood Plans which successfully passed referendum in June 2019 to highlight the policies which make each plan locally specific and unique.
AylshamAylsham is a historic market town and rural parish in Norfolk. The Aylsham Neighbourhood Plan (ANP) addresses a broad range of themes, but the following elements leap out as particularly innovative:

The ANP encourages new developments to create 'dementia friendly communities', ensuring the most vulnerable members of the community are not left behind.

Flood risk and drainage is carefully managed through a detailed policy. Notably the policy requires developers to carry out a Flood Risk Assessment for all new developments - including extensions and areas of hard standing.

Blurred lines: Guest blog for University of Reading

I have written a guest blog post for University of Reading, titled Blurred lines: local and neighbourhood plans and uncertainty in meeting housing needs

Please visit the University of Reading's Neighbourhood Planning site to view the blog post.

In the post I discuss the lack of clarity around the role of Neighbourhood Plans in meeting strategic housing needs.

The University of Reading has developed a strong reputation for research and impact around community engagement in planning, in particular in understanding issues and difficulties surrounding Neighbourhood Planning.

The University of Reading's Neighbourhood Planning site provides a resource for users interested in neighbourhood planning, and is well worth checking out when writing a Neighbourhood Plan. The site includes many of the outputs produced by researchers at Reading led by Professor Gavin Parker and his research associates.

Many thanks to Prof Gavin Parker and colleagues for the opportunity to contribute to their…

Why the Housing Requirement for Neighbourhood Areas should be zero

In May 2019, the government updated its national planning practice guidance on neighbourhood planning. Notably, a number of new paragraphs relating to local planning authorities' duty to set housing requirements for Neighbourhood Areas were introduced.

Whilst the guidance is welcomed, there remains uncertainty about how the housing requirement should be calculated - in particular how Local Plan site allocations should be taken into account in the calculation.

Duty to set housing requirement for Neighbourhood Areas
The idea of setting a housing target for Neighbourhood Areas was first mooted in the government's Housing White Paper for the purpose of helping Neighbourhood Plans to be produced expediently.
The updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) introduced a duty for local planning authorities to set out a housing requirement figure for designated Neighbourhood Areas through their Local Plans:
...strategic policies should also set out a housing requirement for desig…

Updated Neighbourhood Plan Finder

Hundreds of Neighbourhood Plans have passed referendum and are being made across the country. It can therefore be tricky to keep track of which areas have plans in force.

All Things Neighbourhood Planning's Neighbourhood Plan Finder tool can help you quickly and simply locate Neighbourhood Plans.

Select a local authority area from the Neighbourhood Plan Finder to reveal a list of Neighbourhood Plans in force in the area.

The Neighbourhood Plan Finder includes web links to view and download the plan, therefore providing a comprehensive directory of Neighbourhood Plans.

For groups writing Neighbourhood Plans, the Neighbourhood Plan Finder can help you to find other local examples of plans which have completed the process. The Finder will also help applicants and decision-makers to locate Neighbourhood Plans which may affect their proposals.

Try the Neighbourhood Plan Finder now.

Alternatively, view locations with Neighbourhood Plans in force on the interactive map.

New Interactive Map of Neighbourhood Plans

ATNP's Interactive Neighbourhood Plan map is a new tool showing locations with a Neighbourhood Plan in force.

The interactive map is free to use and compatible with desktop and mobile devices. It allows the user to pan and zoom across the country to locate areas with Neighbourhood Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders & Community Right to Build Orders in place. Each marker represents a different plan, and provides a web link to view or download the plan.

This new map builds upon the Neighbourhood Plan Finder which lists Neighbourhood Plans by local planning authority area.

Try the Interactive Neighbourhood Plan Map now

For details of mapping services offered by All Things Neighbourhood Planning, visit the Maps section.

Appeal rejected due to loss of open space: East Langton Neighbourhood Plan

A recent appeal for 5 dwellings has been rejected by a Planning Inspector, in part, due to conflict with a Neighbourhood Plan - despite a Local Green Space designation having been removed during examination.

The development proposal, for the erection of 5 dwellings and children’s play area with associated vehicular access at land rear of the Hanbury Centre, Stonton Road, Church Langton LE16 7SZ, was initially refused outline planning permission by Harborough District Council. The subsequent appeal was dismissed by a Planning Inspector, see appeal reference: APP/F2415/W/18/3212873.

Relevant to this appeal is the East Langton Neighbourhood Plan (ELNP), which was formally made by Harborough District Council in June 2018.
Impact on open space, sport and recreation In assessing the scheme, the Planning Inspector's main concern was that the development would lead to the loss of an open space used for sports and recreation.

The ELNP seeks to retain the appeal site as an open space, indi…