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Showing posts from July, 2019

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…