More Neighbourhood Planning Frontrunners Announced

Dozens more communities eager to test radical new rights that will give local people much greater ability to bring growth and shape development in their area have been announced.

40 communities - a mix of cities, urban and rural areas - are to join 50 other communities already trialling neighbourhood planning as being introduced in the Localism Bill. The positive reaction to the first wave of communities announced last month and developing neighbourhood plans has led to many more communities coming forward.

Neighbourhood planning is a key reform designed to create the conditions for communities to welcome growth by giving local people a real voice in deciding the look and feel of development in their area; from determining the locations of shops, offices and schools to setting standards of design for new housing.

Local people will for the first time be able to decide the types of development given automatic planning permission through a Neighbourhood Development Order. If approved by a local referendum, a council will need to adopt a neighbourhood plan providing it is line with wider ambitions for growth in their area.

The 40 neighbourhood planning frontrunners will be led by Local Authorities who will work with community groups and parish councils to prepare draft plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders.

Each of the 40 areas will receive £20,000 towards developing their plan from a £5 million fund set up to help those communities eager to trial neighbourhood planning in 2011/12.

Applications are also being invited from other communities eager to trial neighbourhood planning as part of the fourth wave of frontrunners. Further details.

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