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House builders launch neighbourhood planning judicial review
A group of 25 house builders and land promoters have launched a judicial review against a rule change allowing councils with Neighbourhood Plans to block development.
In a written ministerial statement published on 12 December, Gavin Barwell said local authorities in areas with a Neighbourhood Plan in place would now be required to have a three-year supply of deliverable housing sites in place, rather than a five-year supply as had previously been the case, before facing sanctions.
The group of house builders, understood to include at least one top 10 house builder and several smaller firms, are going to court to have this decision overturned.
In areas where councils do not have a five-year supply, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) deems Neighbourhood Plans automatically out-of-date and grants a presumption in favour of development in planning disputes.
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This is what the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has to say:
NALC urges government to stand firm on neighbourhood planning
NALC urges government to stand firm on neighbourhood planning - News
With further comment from the Rural Services Network:
Sunday, 29 January 2017 20:21
Keep neighbourhood plans watertight, say councilsWritten by Ruralcity Media
Parish councils are urging the government to stand firm against developers who “want to ride roughshod” over the wishes of rural communities.
It comes after developers challenged a government move to strengthen neighbourhood plans in areas where the local authority does not have a five year housing land supply.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC), which represents parish and town councils, called on government ministers to reject the challenge.
Neighbourhood plans enable local communities can shape the sort of development they want in their local area.
See also: Successful neighbourhood planning
Keep neighbourhood plans watertight, say councils