The Neighbourhood Planning Bill moves to Report Stage and Final Reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday 20th December.  Two positive amendments being take forward, following concerns and ideas expressed by NALC include:

  • An amendment by Nick Herbert MP would require planning authorities to consult neighbourhood planning bodies on decisions to grant planning permission and where a planning authority wants to approve a major development against the wishes of the neighbourhood planning body, the planning authority will be required to consult the Secretary of State before granting planning permission;
  • The shadow housing minister Roberta Blackman Woods MP has tabled an amendment requiring statements of community involvement to include measures to enable parish councils to be set up in a streamlined and speedy manner.

In January 2017, the Bill will enter the House of Lords and NALC have already started briefing and engaging with a number of Peers to continue to press a range of policies that strengthen neighbourhood planning, financial benefits from development, the role of communities in the planning process and extend local democracy in unparished areas.

Posted Monday, 4th July 2022