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All Things Neighbourhood Planning is written and maintained by a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, with a keen interest in neighbourhood planning.

I have provided support and advice to neighbourhood planning groups since the advent of neighbourhood planning. I am currently providing support and assistance to several neighbourhood planning groups in eastern England.

Through this site, I aim to provide advice on some of the more technical aspects and issues affecting Neighbourhood Plans in practice.

My pages and posts are aimed at parish and town councils, neighbourhood forums and their volunteers who are preparing, or are interested in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. In addition, my site is intended to provide useful information to planning professionals, such as planning consultants and local authority planning officers involved in preparing plans, decision-making and carrying out statutory duties related to neighbourhood planning.

I also have an interest in web development and coding, and hope to develop a series of web apps to help planners and neighbourhood planners to write plans -

Check out my Housing Delivery Test Checker to see how your area performed under the government's new test which punishes local authorities which haven't met their housing targets.

How to use this site

The Home page provides a simple menu for navigating the site.

Through my Blog I explore how Neighbourhood Plans are being applied in practice and provide advice for preparing Neighbourhood Plans. To browse all posts click 'Archive' to browse by date, or 'Labels' to browse posts by theme, on the right-hand side of the page. In some browsers you may need to click an icon at the top right of the page (shown as three horizontal orange lines) to reveal a side bar. The side bar provides drop down menus to browse posts by date and by theme.

The Neighbourhood Plan Process page explains the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan from start to finish.

I have begun developing Tools which I think will be useful to neighbourhood planners and professional planners. The Housing Delivery Test Checker has proven quite popular and is simple to use, free and requires no registration. Simply bookmark the page and keep checking back to find the HDT results, and to see future updates.

I take the protection of personal data seriously, view my Privacy Policy to find out more.

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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 …

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.

Essential reading for Neighbourhood Planners

Through my site I have attempted to explain the neighbourhood planning process, and provide regular blog posts on the latest issues affecting neighbourhood planning. But where can you go to find out more?

In this article I attempt to summarise where you should go for the most useful information and guidance, and where you can find funding and support for writing a Neighbourhood Plan.
Locality Toolkits and Guidance Locality administer the government's current programme of support for neighbourhood planning groups, and Locality's site should be your first port of call when writing a Neighbourhood Plan.
Locality has produced an excellent series of 'toolkits & guidance' on a range of issues to assist the preparation of neighbourhood plans. It is difficult to understate how valuable Locality's guides are for budding neighbourhood planners. Be sure you don't miss: The Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap 2018 by Dave …