Details of a small number of amendments and clarifications by DCLG to planning practice guidance on neighbourhood planning.
Building on the success to date of the Neighbourhood Planning Champions Network, at the end of 2015 the Department for Communities and Local Government recruited a new group of Neighbourhood Planning Champions to support local communities in the development of neighbourhood plans.
The Housing and Planning Bill 2015, amongst other things, introduced the concept of ‘permission in principle’ which is a new form of planning consent designed to agree and establish the principle of development (namely use, location, amount ) one in the planning process.
Eight neighbourhood plan referendums took place in December, bringing the grand total to 126 by the end of 2015.
Locality have developed a number of new toolkits to assist groups in producing their neighbourhood plans. Key additions are linked below and all are available at mycommunity.org.uk.
In January we spoke to Helen Bone from Vivid Regeneration about how to deliver effective community engagement in neighbourhood planning. Helen has extensive experience of delivering a range of community, economic development and regeneration projects and worked closely with the local community in the production of the Lawrence Weston (Bristol) Neighbourhood Development Plan.