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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.