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Citizens in Driving Seat of Planning

October 14, 2011

CLG's new consultation on the details of neighbourhood planning runs until 5 January, 2012.  Draft Regulations take forward regulation-making powers in the Localism Bill, while a Plain English introduction to neighbourhood planning and an e-flyer, intended for use by local communities, have also been published.  CLG 's aim has been to set out minimum 'workable and proportionate' requirements in the draft Regulations, and to ensure a 'nationally consistent approach' to neighbourhood planning.  As a consequence, the ‘light touch’ draft Regulations mean that local planning authorities will be able to apply their own practices to neighbourhood planning.

Neighbourhood planning processes should seem less daunting now, for local businesses and communities considering embarking on planning their own neighbourhoods.  The new 'introduction to neighbourhood planning' helps and good practice that will come first from the current front runners scheme will play a vital role in clarifying how the new regime will work.

Maggie Baddeley, NLP Senior Associate Director

NLP Contact Margaret Baddeley - 020 7837 4477 / Mbaddeley@nlpplanning.com