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Planning & Local Communities: 24 Apr 2012

In Parliament on Apr 24th 2012: (Ref: Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 24 April 2012, c786W):

David Anderson (Blaydon, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the community will have in developing local development plans under the National Planning Policy Framework.

Greg Clark (Minister of State (Decentralisation), Communities and Local Government; Tunbridge Wells, Conservative) replied:

The requirement to involve communities in the planning of their communities is set out in primary legislation. A local planning authority is obliged to prepare a statement of community involvement setting out how it will involve interested parties in developing their local plan. Further regulations require councils to consult local people early in the process on what their plan should contain, as well as consulting them on the draft that the authority propose to submit for examination.

The Localism Act gives communities new powers to plan for the future of their areas through neighbourhood planning.

The National Planning Policy Framework provides a framework within which local people and their councils can produce their own distinctive local and neighbourhood plans, which reflect the needs and priorities of their communities. The Framework is clear that local councils should proactively engage a wide section of the community in plan making, and that early and meaningful engagement and collaboration with neighbourhoods, local organisations and businesses is essential.

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