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Neighbourhood planning trialled in 36 more areas

New neighbourhood planning schemes under the Localism Bill are to be tried out in 36 more front-runner areas, bringing the total to 126 across the country.

The 36 areas announced today by the Department of Communities and Local Government are the next wave of local councils to test out neighbourhood planning and will each be given £20,000 to support work on neighbourhood planning and free advice from planning experts.

The neighbourhood planning schemes under the Localism Bill are intended to give communities greater power over planning in their areas, allowing them to set planning strategies, set standards of design and protect green spaces.

The community has the final say on whether a neighbourhood plan comes into force. If more than 50% of people voting in a local referendum support the plan, the local planning authority must bring it into force.

New trials

The new wave of 36 front runners are:

  • Arun (Angmering)
  • Arun (Multi parishes)
  • Aylesbury Vale (Buckingham)
  • Brent (Sudbury Town)
  • Central Bedfordshire (Caddington & Slip End)
  • Cheshire West and Chester (Winsford)
  • Cornwall (Rame Peninsula)
  • Cornwall (St. Erth)
  • Cornwall (St. Eval)
  • Cornwall (Truro)
  • Exeter (St James)
  • Gateshead (Team Valley Trading Estate)
  • Liverpool (Liverpool Innovation Park)
  • Mendip (Frome)
  • Mid Sussex (Cuckfield)
  • Milton Keynes (Castlethorpe)
  • Milton Keynes (Central Milton Keynes)
  • Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford)
  • Milton Keynes (Wolverton)
  • North Somerset (Long Ashton)
  • Northampton (Wootton and East Hunsbury)
  • Northumberland (Alnwick)
  • Rutland (Uppingham)
  • South Oxfordshire (Thame)
  • South Oxfordshire (Woodcote)
  • Trafford (Trafford Park)
  • Waltham Forest (Highams Park)
  • Waltham Forest (Leytonstone)
  • West Oxfordshire (Chipping Norton)
  • Wiltshire (Malmesbury)
  • Wiltshire (Sherston)
  • Winchester (Denmead)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead (Bisham and Cookham)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead (Datchet, Horton, Old Windsor and Wraysbury)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead (Hurley and the Walthams)
  • Wirral (Central Liscard)

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