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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.

Simply select a local authority area from the Neighbourhood Plan Finder to reveal a list of Neighbourhood Areas with made 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.

Why the Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan failed

News that the Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan was rejected at referendum has spread rapidly across social media and has even been picked up by local and national press - see BBC article.

The story has garnered a lot of attention as it is highly unusual for a Neighbourhood Plan to be rejected. The Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan is only the third Neighbourhood Plan not to be supported by residents.

At the referendum held on 14 March 2019, the Neighbourhood Plan was rejected, albeit by a very slim margin of just 22 votes.
'No' Campaign Prior to the referendum, Labour town councillors led a campaign which encouraged local people to vote against the Neighbourhood Plan. 
Based on the literature shared by the campaign group, opposition to the Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan appears to be pointed at three key issues: Impacts on the town and its infrastructure of the overall scale of growth Middlewich is expected deliverDisagreement with the individual sites identified by the Neighbourhood …

More planning appeal grief for Wingerworth Neighbourhood Plan

In January, I posted about an appeal case in Wingerworth, Derbyshire, in which the Planning Inspector granted planning permission for 180 homes at Wingerworth - see Review of Planning Appeal: The tricky task of planning for housing development - Wingerworth Neighbourhood Plan.

In that case, a Planning Inspector concluded the Local Plan for the area carries limited weight, and that the recently 'made' Wingerworth Neighbourhood Plan (WNP) is 'silent' on housing needs as it makes no allocations for housing.

The Wingerworth Neighbourhood Plan does in fact include several policies on housing development, for example:
Policy W1 defines a settlement development limit around the built area of Wingerworth village, offering in principle support to development within the settlement limit, subject to meeting a range of criteria.Policy W2 restricts development in the countryside (i.e. outside the settlement limit).Policy W3 supports the development of a minimum of 882 dwellings ove…

Housing Delivery Test Checker tool now available

I have created a new tool which shows the 2018 Housing Delivery Test (HDT) results for each local authority area in England.

Try the Housing Delivery Test Checker now - only available at neighbourhood-planning.co.uk

The HDT checker is easy to use (and free), simply choose a local authority area from the drop-down menu to display the HDT results for the area.

In addition to details of the HDT's housing requirement and delivery of new homes, the HDT Checker explains the sanctions which each local authority faces as a result of its HDT measurement result.
Why the Housing Delivery Test matters for Neighbourhood Plans The purpose of the HDT is to hold local authorities to account over the supply of new housing. Where delivery of new housing is poor, sanctions are imposed on the local planning authority - the most severe of which are that the policies in Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans can be rendered out-of-date. 
To read more, check out my article How the Housing Delivery Test can…

Appeal granted in countryside despite Five Year Land Supply - Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan

Through a recent appeal decision, a Planning Inspector has granted outline planning permission for up to 55 dwellings and 'Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace' (SANG) at land at Parklands, east of Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood, Wokingham.

The decision was issued on 28th February 2019, under appeal reference APP/X0360/W/18/3204133.

The appeal site is located between two villages, Three Mile Cross and Spencers Wood. The scheme proposes two areas of development adjoining each of the villages, separated by an area of open space - a 'SANG'.
Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan The Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan (SNP) was made in February 2017. Policy 1 of the SNP addresses the location of development:

In Shinfield Parish, development within the Development Limits..., will be supported; development adjacent to the Development Limits will only be supported where the benefits of the development outweigh its adverse impacts. 

'Development limits' are a very common planning …