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The Neighbourhood Plan 'League Table'

My last blog post, 1,000th Neighbourhood Plan marks continued growth of neighbourhood planning, illustrates the growth of Neighbourhood Plans over recent years.

Exploring the data further, this blog post breaks down the total number of approved plans by Local Planning Authority area. Presenting the data in this way highlights the marked differences in the take up of neighbourhood planning in different areas. About the dataThe table (below) has been populated using data from my Planfinder app, and is based on the same dataset used in my 1,000th Neighbourhood Plan... blog post. The data includes plans which successfully passed referendum before the end of February 2020, therefore any plans which passed referendum over the past couple of weeks are not included - although you can find details of these on the Planfinder app.

The sum total of the number of approved plans shown in the table exceeds 1,000, as a small number of plans cross local planning authority boundaries and are therefore…
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1,000th Neighbourhood Plan marks continued growth of neighbourhood planning

February 2020 saw an important milestone achieved, with the total number of approved Neighbourhood Plans reaching 1,000.
About the Planfinder data All Things Neighbourhood Planning's Planfinder app provides the data source for this blog post.

The Planfinder is a database of all Neighbourhood Plans which have successfully passed referendum. The Planfinder is maintained and updated regularly from ATNP's own research and monitoring of Neighbourhood Plan progress.

Joint Neighbourhood Plans (i.e. covering multiple parishes) and Neighbourhood Plans crossing a local authority boundary (i.e. forming part of the development plan in multiple local authority areas), are counted only once.

The Neighbourhood Plan data described in this post also includes Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders, as these are closely related to Neighbourhood Plans, follow a similar process in their preparation, and also fall under the 'umbrella' term of neighbourhood pla…

Housing Delivery Test 2019 Results Published

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has now published the latest results of its Housing Delivery Test (HDT), based on the number of new homes built in the period 2016 to 2019.

The HDT 2019 measurement for each council area is provided in the searchable table below.
How the Housing Delivery Test is calculated The HDT calculates the number of new homes built, as a percentage of the number of homes needed over the past three years. MHCLG re-calculates an HDT figure annually for every council area in England. The new 2019 measurement replaces the previous 2018 measurement.
Consequences of the Housing Delivery Test The purpose of the HDT is to hold local authorities to account over the supply of new housing.

Where the HDT shows the delivery of new homes has fallen below 95% of the district or borough's housing requirement over the previous three years, the council should prepare an Action Plan to assess the causes of under-delivery and identify actions to…

Exciting changes to the Plan Finder...

I've given the Neighbourhood Plan Finder a major upgrade, transforming it into a fully fledged web app!

Loyal readers will know that this site provides the most comprehensive directory of made Neighbourhood Plans on the web. However, the original Plan Finder was a little 'clunky'.

The new and improved Plan Finder offers better results and improved functionality, enabling users to perform a simple search to locate made Neighbourhood Plans. For example, with the new Plan Finder you can search for Neighbourhood Plans by:
Name or location of Neighbourhood PlanLocal Planning Authority e.g. district or borough councilCountyNational ParkReferendum date, in format "YYYY-MM-DD" e.g. a search for '2019-12' will return plans which passed referendum in December 2019. This directory of Neighbourhood Plans is intended to raise the profile of Neighbourhood Plans by helping people to find plans more easily. For example, helping developers and agents to locate plans which…

Attitudes to house building

Neighbourhood Plans must provide a shared vision for their area, with consultation with the local community forming a key part of their preparation.

Critically, Neighbourhood Plans must pass a referendum in which local people are invited to vote on whether the plan should be used in decision-making. Therefore a plan's success is dependent on community support.

Many Neighbourhood Plans take on the challenge of planning for housing development, an issue which can prove divisive for some communities.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has recently reported its latest research on public attitudes to house building. The report presents findings from the 2018 British Social Attitudes Survey. This annual survey provides interesting insight into changing views over time.
Support and opposition for house building  The 2018 survey found that the majority of people support house building. 57% of people support more homes being built in the local area. However almost…

Neighbourhood Plan Review: Plans Made in September 2019

This post explores Neighbourhood Plans which successfully passed referendum in September 2019, highlighting elements which make each plan locally specific and unique. The following Neighbourhood Plans passed referendum in September 2019:
Bawtry Neighbourhood Plan (Doncaster Council)Brackenfield Neighbourhood Plan (North East Derbyshire District Council)Chelford Neighbourhood Plan (Cheshire East Council)Congresbury Neighbourhood Plan (North Somerset Council)Glentworth Neighbourhood Plan (West Lindsey District Council)Hanslope Neighbourhood Plan (Milton Keynes Council)Hullavington Neighbourhood Plan (Wiltshire Council)Huntingdon Neighbourhood Plan (Huntingdonshire District Council)Misterton Neighbourhood Plan (Bassetlaw District Council)Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers Neighbourhood Plan (Epping Forest District Council)Sedgefield Neighbourhood Plan (Durham County Council)Sedgeford Neighbourhood Plan (Kings Lynn & West Norfolk District Council)Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan (Sidmo…