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Neighbourhood Plan trumps 5-year housing requirement

Neighbourhood Plan trumps 5-year housing requirement, but how can a neighbourhood plan made in January 2014 be already out of date?

Colin Wilkinson

Owner, Planit-x Town and Country Planning Services Ltd

A 111-home scheme at Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, was refused by Harborough District Council. The inspector recommended the appeal should be allowed largely because the planning authority was unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land. But Eric Pickles rejected the proposals because of their conflict with an adopted neighbourhood plan.

The Secretary of State said that neighbourhood plans, once made part of the development plan, "should be upheld as an effective means to shape and direct development in the neighbourhood planning area in question, for example to ensure that the best located sites are developed".


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Good news that he placed “very substantial negative weight on the conflict with the Neighbourhood Plan” but not so good is that he regarded the Neighbourhood Plan “out of date in terms of housing land supply” (para. 25).

The Broughton Astley Neighbourhood Plan was tested at examination against the basic conditions, including general conformity with the Development Plan for the area- the Harborough Core Strategy. However, the Core Strategy’s housing requirement, based on the regional strategy, was itself out of date.

Given the frequency that household/population projections are published, it seems to me that it will be rare for any neighbourhood plan to be up-to-date for long. Can this be right? Does it matter?

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