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What is Neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities more control over the future of their area by giving local people the chance to have their say on what happens where they live.

The proposals are founded on the principles of localism, which means more involvement by planning authorities, local people, businesses, house builders and developers rather than central government. The neighbourhood planning process has to be led by the town or parish council.

The reforms are outlined in the Localism Act 2011, which seeks to:

  • reduce the volume, complexity and number of applications the current system generates
  • Make sure developments are more beneficial to the community, for example new homes are matched by jobs and investment

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