Communities adopt planning and development powers in their areas

Planning Houses

Over 100 communities across the country have voted to take over development and planning powers in their local areas by adopting Neighbourhood Plans.

The government’s delivery partner on the Neighbourhood Planning programme Locality said the milestone of 100 succcessful referendums for Neighbourhood Plans was reached this week.

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced in the 2011 Localism Act, providing communities with the opportunity to have their say on how their local area develops.

Locality said it had so far supported over 1,000 communities to develop neighbourhood plans, with the help of £6.7m in government grants so far.

Tony Armstrong chief executive at Locality said: “Neighbourhood Planning puts power back into the hands of people, instead of elected representatives, and gives them collective clout to really shape where they live for the benefit of the people who live there.”