Map of designated Neighbourhood Planning areas

Posted on 28 February 2013 (Permalink)

Kieran Watkins, from the Decentralisation and Neighbourhood Planning Team in the Department for Communities and Local Government, writes:

This map (pdf, 1.7 mb), highlighting designated areas for neighbourhood planning across the country and the stages they have reached, shows real momentum and interest from communities who are positively embracing planning for future development in their local area.

As of 25 February 202 areas have taken the first formal step in neighbourhood planning and have designated their areas: 92 frontrunners and 110 other communities. And an additional 129 other frontrunners who working towards designation of their neighbourhood planning areas.

The communities seeking and achieving designation are a real mix of the original frontrunners and new communities taking up the opportunities offered by neighbourhood planning.

21 areas have now reached the draft consultation stage. From the village of Cringleford just outside Norwich to bustling Central Milton Keynes there is a real diversity in the kinds of neighbourhoods bringing forward plans.

Upper Eden, in Cumbria where 17 parishes have come together to develop a neighbourhood plan, has now become the first plan to proceed to referendum. It will be held on 7 March.

The St James Neighbourhood Plan in Exeter is the first plan created by a neighbourhood forum to pass independent examination. The examiners' report published on 19 February recommends that the plan proceeds to referendum subject to some minor changes. You can read the plan, all the accompanying documents and the examiner's report here.

Thame neighbourhood plan is currently at examination. Thame’s examination was the first to hold a public hearing.

Please get in touch if you want to know more about neighbourhood plans near you on the map at

Please note: This information has been collected from informal monitoring, including local authority and neighbourhood planning websites and is regularly updated. The data is correct as of 25/02/13.

For more information, contact Kieran.