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Changes to the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations

Last month the Government published its response (pdf) to the technical consultation on proposals to speed up the neighbourhood planning process, and announced amendments to the neighbourhood planning regulations that will come into effect on 9 February. But what do they mean and what will their impact be on communities in England?

The specific reforms aim to speed up the neighbourhood planning process by:

  • setting statutory time limits within which authorities must reach a decision on applications to designate a neighbourhood area
  • amending the information that must be submitted with a neighbourhood plan proposal about its environmental impact in order to reduce the scope for delays towards the end of the process.

It currently takes an average of 19 weeks for local planning authorities to take a decision on applications for a neighbourhood area to be designated. The reforms mean that from 9 February the following time periods apply:

  • 8 weeks in a case where the relevant body is a parish council and the area to which the application relates is the whole of the area of the parish council.
  • 20 weeks in a case where the area to which the application relates falls within the areas of two or more local planning authorities.
  • 13 weeks in all other cases, for instance forums applying for an area to be designated.

In all cases the time period runs from the date immediately following that on which the application is first publicised by the local planning authority.

Brandon Lewis, The Minister of State for Housing and Planning, has stated that, ‘These reforms will make it quicker and easier for more communities to join the neighbourhood planning movement. By making the neighbourhood planning process quicker and easier, the reforms will help ‘ensure that future development in those areas delivers the homes communities themselves want to see.’

Story via RTPI and George Moore, DCLG

via Changes to the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations - My Community Rights.

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