Angus Walker, partner and planning lawyer at Bircham Dyson Bell
LLP believes that the Government may have over estimated the number
and impact of neighbourhood plans, further to the latest part of
the Localism Act coming into force last week, giving local
communities planning powers.
"The Government has estimated that around 380 plans per
annum will be put forward, but with the cost of each plan being
anything between £20,000 and £86,000, although some
have received funding, I don't believe there will be that many
in practice," explains Angus Walker.
The plans will give local people the right to decide what
types of developments can take place in their areas through
formally agreed planning policies backed with the community right
to build allowing development to take place. But the plans must not
conflict with the strategic parts of the council's overall plan
for the area.
"Although the Government has introduced neighbourhood
plans to encourage development in local areas, it will be
interesting to see if the same plans are used to stop undesired
development such as controversial wind farms or larger housing
developments," explains Angus Walker.
"People always find a way to get around the system and
use it to their benefit if they so desire. We may find that the
plans stop as many developments as they pass. Time will
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
To print this article, all you need is to be registered on Mondaq.com.
Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.
Strategic planning is crucial to profitable business growth, but companies typically realise only about 63% of their business strategy's potential financial value because of defects and breakdowns in strategic planning and implementation.
One of the greatest challenges facing employers today is finding and keeping good employees. This article describes some effective employee retention strategies that will help you retain good staff and develop a stable workforce.
In the first of three articles, Jon Hepburn from The Fedora Consultancy offers practical business development ideas that will help you put your clients and potential clients at the centre of the decisions you make about your firm’s future.
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).